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Definition of center noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (centre) noun
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  1. 1[countable] the middle point or part of something the center of a circle a long table in the center of the room chocolates with soft centers
  2. building
  3. 2[countable] a building or place used for a particular purpose or activity a shopping/sports/community center a recreation/rec center the center for International Studies
  4. town/city
  5. 3[countable] a place or an area where a lot of people live; a place where a lot of business or cultural activity takes place major urban/industrial centers a center of population Small towns in Guatemala serve as economic and cultural centers for the surrounding villages.
  6. 4[countable] = downtown in the town/city center the center of town a town-center parking lot
  7. of excellence
  8. 5[countable] center of excellence a place where a particular kind of work is done extremely well Memphis could become a regional center of excellence for nurse training.
  9. of attention
  10. 6[countable, usually singular] the point toward which people direct their attention Children like to be the center of attention. The vice president is at the center of a political scandal over leaked documents. see also center stage
  11. -centered
  12. 7(in adjectives) having the thing mentioned as the most important feature or center of attention a child-centered approach to teaching see also centered, self-centered
  13. in politics
  14. 8the center [singular] a moderate (= middle) political position or party, between the extremes of left-wing and right-wing parties Are her views to the left or right of center?
  15. in sports
  16. 9[countable] (in some team sports) a player or position in the middle of the field, court, etc.
  17. Idioms
    front and center
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    in or into the most important position The issue has moved front and center in his presidential campaign.