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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sen-ter]
    • /ˈsɛn tər/
    • /ˈsen.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sen-ter]
    • /ˈsɛn tər/

Definitions of center word

  • noun center a point equally distant from all points on the circumference of a circle or surface of a sphere 3
  • noun center the point around which anything revolves; pivot 3
  • noun center a place at which an activity or complex of activities is carried on 3
  • noun center a place from which ideas, influences, etc. emanate 3
  • noun center a place to which many people are attracted 3
  • noun center the approximate middle point, place, or part of anything 3

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Origin of center

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; variant of Middle English centre < Latin centrum < Greek kéntron needle, spur, pivoting point in drawing a circle, derivative of kenteîn to sting

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Parts of speech for Center


center popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for center

noun center

  • heart — Anatomy. a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation, composed mainly of rhythmically contractile smooth muscle, located in the chest between the lungs and slightly to the left and consisting of four chambers: a right atrium that receives blood returning from the body via the superior and inferior vena cavae, a right ventricle that pumps the blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs for oxygenation, a left atrium that receives the oxygenated blood via the pulmonary veins and passes it through the mitral valve, and a left ventricle that pumps the oxygenated blood, via the aorta, throughout the body.
  • place — a particular portion of space, whether of definite or indefinite extent.
  • hub — the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted.
  • kernel — the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
  • focus — a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts.

verb center

  • meet — greatest lower bound
  • attract — If something attracts people or animals, it has features that cause them to come to it.
  • gather — to bring together into one group, collection, or place: to gather firewood; to gather the troops.
  • intensify — to make intense or more intense.
  • consolidate — If you consolidate something that you have, for example power or success, you strengthen it so that it becomes more effective or secure.

adjective center

  • intermediary — an intermediate agent or agency; a go-between or mediator.
  • intermediate — being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.: the intermediate steps in a procedure.
  • mean — to intend for a particular purpose, destination, etc.: They were meant for each other. Synonyms: destine, foreordain.
  • midway — several U.S. islets in the N Pacific, about 1300 miles (2095 km) NW of Hawaii: Japanese defeated in a naval battle June, 1942; 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
  • deepest — extending far down from the top or surface: a deep well; a deep valley.

Antonyms for center

noun center

  • outside — the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.
  • boundary — The boundary of an area of land is an imaginary line that separates it from other areas.
  • margin — the space around the printed or written matter on a page.
  • outskirts — Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like: to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
  • periphery — the external boundary of any surface or area.

verb center

  • disjoin — to undo or prevent the junction or union of; disunite; separate.
  • disperse — to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd.
  • scatter — to throw loosely about; distribute at irregular intervals: to scatter seeds.
  • divide — to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc.
  • separate — to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.

adjective center

  • outer — situated on or toward the outside; external; exterior: outer garments; an outer wall.
  • bordering — the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
  • edging — a line or border at which a surface terminates: Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
  • marginal — pertaining to a margin.
  • peripheral — pertaining to, situated in, or constituting the periphery: peripheral resistance on the outskirts of the battle area.

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