set/cast in concrete, to put (something) in final form; finalize so as to prevent change or reversal: The basic agreement sets in concrete certain policies.

Origin of concrete

1375–1425; late Middle English concret < Latin concrētus (past participle of concrēscere to grow together), equivalent to con- con- + crē- (stem of crēscere to grow, increase; see -esce) + -tus past participle ending

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cement concrete mortar2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concretely


/ (ˈkɒnkriːt) /


  1. a construction material made of a mixture of cement, sand, stone, and water that hardens to a stonelike mass
  2. (as modifier)a concrete slab
physics a rigid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles



(tr) to construct in or cover with concrete
(kənˈkriːt) to become or cause to become solid; coalesce

Derived Forms

concretely, adverbconcreteness, nounconcretive, adjectiveconcretively, adverb

Word Origin for concrete

C14: from Latin concrētus grown together, hardened, from concrēscere; see concrescence
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Medicine definitions for concretely


[ kŏn-krēt, kŏnkrēt′ ]


Relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular.
Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real.
Relating to a material thing or group of things as opposed to an abstraction.
Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.
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