- 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 building
- 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 town/city
- 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.
- 4 [countable] = downtown in the town/city center the center of town a town-center parking lot of excellence
- 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. of attention
- 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 -centered
- 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 in politics
- 8 the 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? in sports
- 9 [countable] (in some team sports) a player or position in the middle of the field, court, etc. Idioms
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in or into the most important position The issue has moved front and center in his presidential campaign.
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