One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Concentrate (something) in a small space or area.‘the property of this country is concentred in a very few hands’
collect, gather, congregate, draw together, converge, mass, cluster, rallyView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Why do tertiary alcohols react faster with concentred hydrochloric acid than do secondary or primary alcohol?’
- ‘But his favours to three thousand were concentered in one body.’
- ‘TALDIS is an Alibaba supplier that manufactures Tomato Paste, Double Concentred Tomato Paste in Morocco.’
- 1.1no object Come together at a common centre.‘here the produce of this extensive territory concentres’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 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’.
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