Definition of concerted in US English:



  • 1Jointly arranged, planned, or carried out; coordinated.

    ‘determined to begin a concerted action against them’
    • ‘He added: ‘There is evidence which could be taken to show a concerted attempt by the chain of command to influence and prevent an investigation.’’
    • ‘For as long as I can remember there have been numerous concerted attempts to bring Athletics more into the mainstream of public attentions.’
    • ‘There was a concerted attempt by detectives to get answers that would lead inexorably to their preferred conclusion.’
    • ‘Then they hear from their customers - not just scattered objections now and then, but in concerted, coordinated, well-informed waves.’
    • ‘The claim is made that there were several flaws in this case, and for years there has been a concerted attempt to declare that the case made against Hanratty was ‘unsafe.’’
    • ‘Worried police chiefs are drafting in extra bobbies and moving traffic officers to regular beats in a concerted attempt to tackle a surge in crime in York and Selby.’
    • ‘Apart from tut-tuts, I don't recall any concerted attempt to get Jack.’
    • ‘So the Congress of Vienna must be one of history's best examples of a concerted and successful attempt to defend and preserve a major and long-lasting status quo.’
    • ‘Cynics comment that it may well have been a more concerted attempt by the president to target black voters for the 1964 election.’
    • ‘Yet there was no concerted government attempt to find these guys.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the mid-1960s that a concerted attempt to study the wreck was started by a team led by Alexander McKee.’
    • ‘The executive summary of Shell's internal investigation revealed the full extent of the concerted attempts by senior management to hide the reality of the company's reserves.’
    • ‘In the late-seventies, there was a concerted legal attempt at what is called ‘craft severance.’’
    • ‘He told MPs there had been a concerted attempt by a small number of civil servants in the Department's press office to undermine the Department.’
    • ‘A concerted communist attempt to oust Ross from the railways union was thwarted as a result of lobbying and branch stacking orchestrated by Ferguson.’
    • ‘It is a concerted attempt to change the historical trajectory that we've been on of discrimination and affirmative action on behalf of white people in the past.’
    • ‘There was no concerted attempt to review its record in government, discuss its mistakes, adjust its philosophical framework and party structure, and rethink its policy agenda.’
    • ‘It was developed over a two-year period and is the first concerted attempt in Hong Kong to provide common benchmarks and standards for public sector organisations.’
    • ‘Since then, there has been a concerted government attempt to split the ranks that has succeeded in some places, and failed in others.’
    • ‘The Town Hall seems fair game for criticism, but in fact there has been a concerted attempt, especially in the past few years, to get things moving.’
    joint, united, jointly planned, coordinated, collaborative, collective, combined, cooperative, interactive, synergetic
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    1. 1.1 Strenuously carried out; done with great effort.
      ‘it would take a concerted effort for a burglar to break into my home’
      • ‘David Barr survived a concerted attempt by the Libs to take back Manly at the recent State election, mainly because hundreds of grassroots supporters put in very hard yards on his behalf.’
      • ‘King County election workers were told as early as May that if an absentee ballot came in without a matching signature on file they were required to make a concerted effort to verify that the vote was valid.’
      • ‘In a concerted effort, 11 rooms and the don's suite of South E had their double-paned windows smashed in and electronics, DVDs and other valuables were stolen.’
      • ‘Yet in the concerted attempt to make absent such a structure, Kertesz leaves his methods too bare.’
      • ‘One of the National Institutes of Health has begun a concerted effort to determine the extent and causes of stillbirth - the death of a fetus at 20 or more weeks of pregnancy.’
      • ‘It will help you sleep better at night knowing you have made a concerted effort to develop a clear state of your policies and procedures to help minimize the risk to your program participants.’
      • ‘This isn't an exercise in Political Correctness - it's a concerted and practical attempt to address perhaps the greatest challenge facing this generation.’
      • ‘Apparently, I've still been, despite concerted attempts to restrain myself, wearing my emotions on my sleeves.’
      • ‘Despite concerted attempts to soften his rough-and-ready image, Latham found it difficult to shake off a reputation for aggression after breaking a taxi driver's arm in a dispute over a fare three years ago.’
      • ‘‘The Empire State Building is making a concerted effort to reclaim some of its past glory,’ said David Hoffman, executive managing director of Colliers.’
      • ‘Majlis has made a concerted effort to build bridges between social organisations and legal systems, between lower and higher courts, and between rural efforts and our work, says Gowda.’
      • ‘On 18 April 1947, the Royal Navy detonated 6800 tons of explosives in a concerted attempt to destroy the main island.’
      • ‘So yesterday I was looking for my spare cheque books, a long story, but part of an concerted attempt to organise my life, finances etc.’
      • ‘Pat O'Toole, an honorary life member of Tullow Show Society, remarked that the vandalism didn't appear to be the work of youths as a concerted effort seemed to have gone into the removal of the posters.’
      • ‘Rather than making a concerted attempt to connect with particular communities, BBC1 intends us to view these idents as a self-conscious display of its open-mindedness.’
      • ‘He again stressed that this is ‘a serious and concerted attempt to develop a better game.’’
      • ‘Tony Greig speculated: ‘It's almost as if he's made a concerted effort to improve his overall run-rate.’’
      • ‘Continuing, Mr. Mackey said that the steel lighting standards, which had been provided, were pretty robust and they could only be damaged by someone making a concerted effort to break them.’
      • ‘intensity comes from a concerted effort by the band to go completely insane with their instruments.’
      • ‘As this plan is emerging, it's very apparent that there's a concerted effort to retain a lot of the characteristics of Erickson's master plan for the campus-which I think is great.’
      strenuous, vigorous, energetic, active, forceful, forcible, strong, intensive, intense, concentrated
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  • 2(of music) arranged in several parts of equal importance.

    ‘concerted secular music for voices’
    • ‘Gould, a pianist himself, has written several concerted works for the instrument.’
    • ‘But drums played little part in concerted music until the introduction of timpani into the orchestra in the second half of the 17th century.’
    • ‘Though they require concerted performance by a mass of individuals whose cultural and musical differences may be extreme, they do not therefore make it particularly easy to perform the world through song.’
    • ‘Subtitling is managed both neatly and completely, except in the concerted passages.’
    • ‘The move towards a concerted style is seen in Monteverdi's madrigal output.’
    • ‘On a couple of occasions there's such an outbreak of concerted strumming, it's as though the stage has been invaded by Andrew Lawrence-King's Harp Consort.’
    • ‘His importance as a proponent of the so-called seconda prattica, the new concerted music characteristic of the early Baroque, is unquestioned.’
    • ‘Bach later incorporated this cantata's beautiful final movement, a concerted setting of the same chorale melody, into his St. John's Passion.’