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.
- con·cen·tra·tive [kon-suhn-trey-tiv, kuhn-sen-truh-], /ˈkɒn sənˌtreɪ tɪv, kənˈsɛn trə-/, adjective
- con·cen·tra·tive·ness, noun
- con·cen·tra·tor, noun
- non·con·cen·tra·tive, adjective
- non·con·cen·tra·tive·ness, noun
- o·ver·con·cen·trate, verb, o·ver·con·cen·trat·ed, o·ver·con·cen·trat·ing.
- pre·con·cen·trate, noun, verb, pre·con·cen·trat·ed, pre·con·cen·trat·ing.
- re·con·cen·trate, verb, re·con·cen·trat·ed, re·con·cen·trat·ing.
- un·con·cen·tra·tive, adjective
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How to use concentrate in a sentence
So it recruited a professional to market the frozen orange juice concentrate.
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Scaling up sheep meant keeping more and feeding them in winter on bought in concentrate feeds.American Agriculture Almost Ruined My Little English Farm. Now I'm Trying to Save It | James Rebanks | August 5, 2021 | Time
If you drink from a flute, do so from a tulip-shape one to concentrate the notes, Simonetti-Bryan says.
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 | Tom Teodorczuk | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She struggled to concentrate on crossword puzzles and read books, so she just watched television.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush | Sujay Kumar | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In times of crisis, President Obama can be counted on to concentrate power in the White House.
The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.Can the National Guard Really Help Calm an Already Militarized Ferguson? | Jacob Siegel | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was trying hard to concentrate his mind upon the sweet and common things of life.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
I dont know that I care for chess; I can not concentrate my attention as I could a year ago.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
Hence the alternative has been to concentrate the "less eligibility" on the conditions of the pauper's mental life.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
They were evidently desirous only of gaining time by negociation to assemble and concentrate their forces.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Citizens, by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections.Key-Notes of American Liberty | Various
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
(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 solution: tomato concentrate
- concentrator, noun
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