- To concentrate is defined as to focus, bring to a common center or increase the strength of.
- An example of to concentrate is focusing your energy on healing.
- An example of to concentrate is to bring three lanes of traffic into one lane of traffic.
- An example of to concentrate is to boil balsamic vinegar until it is a thick, strong tasting syrup.
concentrate definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb concentrated, concentrating
- to bring to, or direct toward, a common center
- to collect or focus (one's thoughts, efforts, etc.)
- to increase the strength, density, or intensity of
Origin: ; from concenter plush -ate
- to come to or toward a common center
- to direct one's thoughts or efforts; fix one's attention (on or upon)
- to increase in strength, density, or intensity
a substance that has been concentrated; specif., a liquid that has been made denser, as by the removal of some of its water: orange-juice concentrate
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- concentrator noun
concentrate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb con·cen·trat·ed, con·cen·trat·ing, con·cen·trates verb, transitive
- a. To direct or draw toward a common center; focus.b. To bring into one main body: Authority was concentrated in the president.
- To make (a solution or mixture) less dilute.
- a. To converge toward or meet in a common center.b. To increase by degree; gather: “Dusk began to concentrate into full night” (Anthony Hyde).
- To direct one's thoughts or attention: We concentrated on the task before us.
A product that has been concentrated, especially a food that has been reduced in volume or bulk by the removal of liquid: pineapple juice concentrate.
Origin: From concenter.
- conˈcen·traˌtive adjective
- conˈcen·traˌtive·ly adverb
- conˈcen·traˌtor noun