Definition of concentre in English:


(US concenter)


[with object]
  • 1Concentrate (something) in a small space or area.

    ‘the property of this country is concentred in a very few hands’
    • ‘TALDIS is an Alibaba supplier that manufactures Tomato Paste, Double Concentred Tomato Paste in Morocco.’
    • ‘Why do tertiary alcohols react faster with concentred hydrochloric acid than do secondary or primary alcohol?’
    • ‘The property of this country is absolutely concentred in a very few hands, having revenues of from half a million of guineas a year downwards.’
    • ‘But his favours to three thousand were concentered in one body.’
    collect, gather, congregate, draw together, converge, mass, cluster, rally
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    1. 1.1no object Come together at a common centre.
      ‘here the produce of this extensive territory concentres’
      • ‘Some dissatisfaction turns his meditation into what Charles Berger calls the ‘dark countersong’ of a ‘counter-sublime’, as it questions the relation between ‘concentred self’ and Other, between particular and general.’
      • ‘Penn's letter, of 1683, to the Free Society of Traders, sufficiently intimates the cause of its location there, showing that Penn expected business to concentre there.’
      • ‘The fury of the battle seemed to concentre there, and through the time-worn walls the shot was plunging, splintering the planks and beams, and shivering the stone foundation.’
    2. 1.2archaic Bring (two or more things) towards a common centre.
      ‘a passion in which soul and body were concentred’


Late 16th century: from French concentrer, from Latin con- ‘together’ + centrum ‘centre’.