- 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.
- 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
Antonyms for concentrate
Related Words for concentrateintensify, focus, fixate, settle, put, apply, establish, consolidate, accumulate, strengthen, reduce, cluster, combine, eliminate, integrate, ponder, set, center, attend, study
Examples from the Web for concentrate
Contemporary Examples of concentrate
If you drink from a flute, do so from a tulip-shape one to concentrate the notes, Simonetti-Bryan says.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
He did suffer from ‘Black Dog’ [depression] as he called it and having something to concentrate on was therapeutic for him.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
She struggled to concentrate on crossword puzzles and read books, so she just watched television.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
In times of crisis, President Obama can be counted on to concentrate power in the White House.Ron Klain Will Be the Best Ebola Czar Yet
Tim Mak, Abby Haglage
October 17, 2014
The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.Can the National Guard Really Help Calm an Already Militarized Ferguson?
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of concentrate
Darkness is quite unnecessary, but I think it helps one to concentrate.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The narrowness serves to concentrate the strength and accelerate the work.Mountain Meditations
But London thwarted her; in its atmosphere she could not concentrate.
She shook her head, tried to concentrate her attention, and failed.
He answered: "You're a clever little woman, but my motto's Concentrate."
- to come or cause to come to a single purpose or aimto 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
- (tr) to remove rock or sand from (an ore) to make it purer
- (intr often foll by on) to bring one's faculties to bear (on); think intensely (about)
- a concentrated material or solutiontomato concentrate
Word Origin for concentrate
Word Origin and History for concentrate
1883, from concentrate (v.).