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
Related formscon·crete·ly, adverbcon·crete·ness, nouncon·cre·tive, adjectivecon·cre·tive·ly, adverbun·con·crete, adjectiveun·con·crete·ly, adverbun·con·cret·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcement concrete mortar2

Synonyms for concrete

Antonyms for concrete

1, 2. abstract. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for concretely

Contemporary Examples of concretely

  • “The whole concept is so concretely established in what we already know,” he said.

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    Tased to Death?

    Winston Ross

    August 13, 2013

  • While being sure is only the first Iraq lesson that applies, it's the only one that can be concretely accomplished.

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    Will We Go To War In Syria?

    Ali Gharib

    April 26, 2013

  • Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago.

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    Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

    Barack Obama

    December 10, 2009

Historical Examples of concretely

  • Our hero did not believe in brandy, abstractly or concretely.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Concretely he told him that he ought to "extend his audience eastward."

  • He must give all, not abstractly, but concretely, synthetically.


    John Burroughs

  • By our enemy I do not mean anything as concretely commonplace as the German nation.

    The Dark Forest

    Hugh Walpole

  • But most possibles are not bare, they are concretely grounded, or well-grounded, as we say.


    William James

British Dictionary definitions for concretely



  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


relating to a particular instance or object; specific as opposed to generala concrete example
  1. relating to or characteristic of things capable of being perceived by the senses, as opposed to abstractions
  2. (as noun)the concrete
formed by the coalescence of particles; condensed; solid


(tr) to construct in or cover with concrete
(kənˈkriːt) to become or cause to become solid; coalesce
Derived Formsconcretely, adverbconcreteness, nounconcretive, adjectiveconcretively, adverb

Word Origin for concrete

C14: from Latin concrētus grown together, hardened, from concrēscere; see concrescence
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Word Origin and History for concretely



late 14c., "actual, solid," from Latin concretus "condensed, hardened, thick, hard, stiff, curdled, congealed, clotted," figuratively "thick; dim," literally "grown together;" past participle of concrescere "to grow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). A logicians' term until meaning began to expand 1600s. Noun sense of "building material made from cement, etc." is first recorded 1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

concretely in Medicine


[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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