Definition of centre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English center) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsentə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsentər//
    House location
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  1. 1  [countable] the middle point or part of something the centre of a circle a long table in the centre of the room chocolates with soft centres See related entries: House location
  2. town/city
  3. 2  [countable] (especially British English) (usually North American English downtown [usually singular]) the main part of a town or city where there are a lot of shops/stores and offices in the town/city centre the centre of town a town-centre car park
  4. 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 centres a centre of population Small towns in South India serve as economic and cultural centres for the surrounding villages.
  5. building
  6. 4  [countable] a building or place used for a particular purpose or activity a shopping/sports/leisure/community centre the Centre for Policy Studies
  7. of excellence
  8. 5[countable] centre of excellence a place where a particular kind of work is done extremely well Darlington could become a regional centre of excellence for nursery nurse training.
  9. of attention
  10. 6[countable, usually singular] the point towards which people direct their attention Children like to be the centre of attention. The prime minister is at the centre of a political row over leaked Cabinet documents.
  11. -centred
  12. 7(in adjectives) having the thing mentioned as the most important feature or centre of attention a child-centred approach to teaching see also self-centred
  13. in politics
  14. 8 (also the centre) [singular] a moderate (= middle) political position or party, between the extremes of left-wing and right-wing parties a party of the centre Are her views to the left or right of centre? a centre party
  15. in sport
  16. 9[countable] (in some team sports) a player or position in the middle of the pitch/field, court, etc.
  17. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin centrum, from Greek kentron ‘sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses’, related to kentein ‘to prick’.Extra examples Politically, she is considered to be slightly left of centre. Politically, she is slightly left of centre. The university is a major centre for scientific research. Tokyo is one of the main financial centres of the world. We’ve bought a flat in the very centre of Cambridge. We’ve bought an apartment in the very centre of São Paulo. a museum in the centre of Birmingham a party that occupies the centre ground of British politics at the centre of the universe the economic nerve centre of Germany Children like to be the centre of attention. He could never doubt that he was the centre of her world. I had to get a taxi from the hotel to the conference centre. She always liked to feel that she was at the centre of things. The captain was at the centre of the action right through the game. The classes are run by the Centre for Languages and Literature. The university is recognized as an international centre of excellence for training dentists. There are plans for the development of a new leisure centre on the site. There was a long table in the centre of the room. They’ve set up a local centre for people with epilepsy. You can send fax or emails from our fully equipped business centre. a sports/​leisure/​community/​shopping/​conference/​business centreIdioms (North American English) in or into the most important position The issue has moved front and center in his presidential campaign.
    left, right and centre (also right, left and centre)
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    (informal) in all directions; everywhere He's giving away money left, right and centre.