- 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
1. See contract.
1. dissipate, disperse. 5. diverge.
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- 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
C17: back formation from concentration, ultimately from Latin com- same + centrum centre
Word Origin and History for pre-concentrate
1883, from concentrate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper