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Definition of core adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1most important; main or essential core subjects (= subjects that all the students have to study) such as English and mathematics the core curriculum We need to concentrate on our core business. The use of new technology is core to our strategy.
  2. 2core beliefs, values, principles, etc. the most important or central beliefs, etc. of a person or group The party is losing touch with its core values.
  3. 3used to describe the most important members of a group The team is built around a core group of players.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: core