centre

[ sen-ter ]
/ ˈsɛn tər /
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noun, verb, cen·tred, cen·tring. Chiefly British.

Definition for centre (2 of 2)

center

[ sen-ter ]
/ ˈsɛn tər /

noun


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Also especially British, cen·tre.

Origin of center

1325–75; variant of Middle English centre < Latin centrum < Greek kéntron needle, spur, pivoting point in drawing a circle, derivative of kenteîn to sting

SYNONYMS FOR center

1 See middle.

ANTONYMS FOR center

1 edge.

Related forms

cen·ter·a·ble, adjectivecen·ter·less, adjectivesu·per·cen·ter, noun

Usage note

28. Although sometimes condemned for alleged illogicality, the phrases center about and center around have appeared in edited writing for more than a century to express the sense of gathering or collecting as if around a center: The objections center around the question of fiscal responsibility.
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British Dictionary definitions for centre (1 of 3)

centre

US center

/ (ˈsɛntə) /

noun


verb

Word Origin for centre

C14: from Latin centrum the stationary point of a compass, from Greek kentron needle, from kentein to prick

British Dictionary definitions for centre (2 of 3)

Centre

noun

the Centre (ˈsɛntə) the sparsely inhabited central region of Australia
(French sɑ̃trə) a region of central France: generally low-lying; drained chiefly by the Rivers Loire, Loir, and Cher

British Dictionary definitions for centre (3 of 3)

center

/ (ˈsɛntə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of centre

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Medicine definitions for centre

center

[ sĕntər ]

n.

A point or place in the body that is equally distant from its sides or outer boundaries; the middle.
A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function.

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Idioms and Phrases with centre

center

In addition to the idiom beginning with center

  • center of attraction, the

also see:

  • front and center

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