- 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
Examples from the Web for concentrative
Historical Examples of concentrative
They are not concentrative, and they are not infallibly courteous, as men are.
We shall give you a practical working knowledge of concentrative mental methods and devices.Psychology and Achievement
He found it demand a concentrative effort, and Harry was very sorry and even ashamed, but he loved least to read that way.Young Blood
E. W. Hornung
C D is also concentrative, though less so than B C, and is more strongly sensational.
I'll see if I can't develop my concentrative faculty and introduce a few of the same performances in our show.The Sorcery Club
- tending to concentrate; characterized by concentration
- 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 concentrative
1883, from concentrate (v.).