concentrate

[kon-suhn-treyt]

verb (used with object), con·cen·trat·ed, con·cen·trat·ing.

verb (used without object), con·cen·trat·ed, con·cen·trat·ing.

noun

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 formscon·cen·tra·tive [kon-suhn-trey-tiv, kuhn-sen-truh-] /ˈkɒn sənˌtreɪ tɪv, kənˈsɛn trə-/, adjectivecon·cen·tra·tive·ness, nouncon·cen·tra·tor, nounnon·con·cen·tra·tive, adjectivenon·con·cen·tra·tive·ness, nouno·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

Synonym study

1. See contract.

Antonyms for concentrate

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Examples from the Web for concentrate

Contemporary Examples of concentrate

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

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • But London thwarted her; in its atmosphere she could not concentrate.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He answered: "You're a clever little woman, but my motto's Concentrate."

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • She shook her head, tried to concentrate her attention, and failed.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster


British Dictionary definitions for concentrate

concentrate

verb

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)

noun

a concentrated material or solutiontomato concentrate
Derived Formsconcentrator, noun

Word Origin for concentrate

C17: back formation from concentration, ultimately from Latin com- same + centrum centre
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Word Origin and History for concentrate
v.

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.

n.

1883, from concentrate (v.).

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