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[kon-suh n-treyt] /ˈkɒn sənˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), concentrated, concentrating.
to bring or draw to a common center or point of union; converge; direct toward one point; focus:
to concentrate one's attention on a problem; to concentrate the rays of the sun with a lens.
to put or bring into a single place, group, etc.:
The nation's wealth had been concentrated in a few families.
to intensify; make denser, stronger, or purer, especially by the removal or reduction of liquid:
to concentrate fruit juice; to concentrate a sauce by boiling it down.
Mining. to separate (metal or ore) from rock, sand, etc., so as to improve the quality of the valuable portion.
verb (used without object), concentrated, concentrating.
to bring all efforts, faculties, activities, etc., to bear on one thing or activity (often followed by on or upon):
to concentrate on solving a problem.
to come to or toward a common center; converge; collect:
The population concentrated in one part of the city.
to become more intense, stronger, or purer.
a concentrated form of something; a product of concentration:
a juice concentrate.
Origin of concentrate
1630-40; concentr(ic) + -ate2; compare French concentrer, Italian concentrare
Related forms
[kon-suh n-trey-tiv, kuh n-sen-truh-] /ˈkɒn sənˌtreɪ tɪv, kənˈsɛn trə-/ (Show IPA),
concentrativeness, noun
concentrator, noun
nonconcentrative, adjective
nonconcentrativeness, noun
overconcentrate, verb, overconcentrated, overconcentrating.
preconcentrate, noun, verb, preconcentrated, preconcentrating.
reconcentrate, verb, reconcentrated, reconcentrating.
unconcentrative, adjective
1. dissipate, disperse. 5. diverge.
Synonym Study
1. See contract. Unabridged
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  • As soon as I find a champion, I am going to concentrate all my energy and all my talent on falling dead in love with him.'

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
  • She must concentrate everything on that to keep from being an utter fool.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • At Mackinaw concentrate all the radial lines of water navigation in the upper lakes.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • Gloria picked up a folder and pretended to concentrate on it.

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • They all concentrate their energies in an earnest endeavor to realize the ends which the educational system is designed to reach.

    The School System of Norway David Allen Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for concentrate


to come or cause to come to a single purpose or aim: to concentrate one's hopes on winning
to make or become denser or purer by the removal of certain elements, esp the solvent of a solution
(transitive) to remove rock or sand from (an ore) to make it purer
(intransitive) often foll by on. to bring one's faculties to bear (on); think intensely (about)
a concentrated material or solution: tomato concentrate
Derived Forms
concentrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from concentration, ultimately from Latin com- same + centrumcentre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for concentrate

1630s, "to bring or come to a common center," from concenter (1590s), from Italian concentrare, from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + centrum "center" (see center). Meaning "condense" is from 1680s. Sense of "mentally focus" is c.1860. Related: Concentrated; concentrating.


1883, from concentrate (v.).


1883, from concentrate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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