contrived or arranged by agreement; planned or devised together: a concerted effort.
done or performed together or in cooperation: a concerted attack.
Music. arranged in parts for several voices or instruments.

Origin of concerted

1710–20; concert (v.) + -ed2
Related formscon·cert·ed·ly, adverbcon·cert·ed·ness, nounun·con·cert·ed, adjectiveun·con·cert·ed·ly, adverbwell-con·cert·ed, adjective

Synonyms for concerted


[noun, adjective kon-surt, -sert; verb kuh n-surt]


a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate.
a public performance, usually by an individual singer, instrumentalist, or the like; recital: The violinist has given concerts all over the world.
agreement of two or more individuals in a design or plan; combined action; accord or harmony: His plan was greeted with a concert of abuse.


designed or intended for concerts: concert hall.
performed at concerts: concert music.
performing or capable of performing at concerts: a concert pianist.

verb (used with object)

to contrive or arrange by agreement: They were able to concert a settlement of their differences.
to plan; devise: A program of action was concerted at the meeting.

verb (used without object)

to plan or act together.

Origin of concert

1595–1605; (noun) < French < Italian concerto; see concerto; (v.) < French concerter < Italian concertare to organize, arrange by mutual agreement, perhaps parasynthetically from con with + certo certain; Latin concertāre (see concertation) is remote in sense
Related formspost·con·cert, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for concerted

united, joint, planned, combined, prearranged, mutual, collaborative

Examples from the Web for concerted

Contemporary Examples of concerted

Historical Examples of concerted

  • There is a concerted plan to make us feel we are neither welcome nor wanted.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Had the thing been concerted it couldn't have fallen out more uniformly.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • But whatever they did, it was by concerted action, after a definite design.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It was clear that this was a preconceived, concerted 229 movement.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • Ah, thought I, this then is a concerted measure to induce my mother to leave town.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for concerted



mutually contrived, planned, or arranged; combined (esp in the phrases concerted action, concerted effort)
music arranged in parts for a group of singers or players
Derived Formsconcertedly, adverb


noun (ˈkɒnsɜːt, -sət)

  1. a performance of music by players or singers that does not involve theatrical stagingCompare recital (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)a concert version of an opera
agreement in design, plan, or action
in concert
  1. acting in a co-ordinated fashion with a common purpose
  2. (of musicians, esp rock musicians) performing live

verb (kənˈsɜːt)

to arrange or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement

Word Origin for concert

C16: from French concerter to bring into agreement, from Italian concertare, from Late Latin concertāre to work together, from Latin: to dispute, debate, from certāre to contend
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Word Origin and History for concerted



1660s, "agreement, accord, harmony," from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto "concert, harmony," from concertare "bring into agreement," in Latin "to contend, contest, dispute," from com- "with" (see com-) + certare "to contend, strive," frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere "separate, decide" (see crisis).

Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from "to strive against" to "to strive alongside." Sense of "public musical performance" is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare "to sing together" (from con- + cantare "to sing") as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper