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English noun: Centre

1. Centre (location) a low-lying region in central France

Instance hypernymFrench region

Part meronymFrance, French Republic

2. centre (location) an area that is approximately central within some larger region

SamplesIt is in the center of town.
They ran forward into the heart of the struggle.
They were in the eye of the storm.

Synonymscenter, eye, heart, middle

Broader (hypernym)area, country

Narrower (hyponym)center stage, central city, centre stage, city center, city centre, financial center, hub, inner city, medical center, midfield, midstream, seat, storm center, storm centre

Instance hyponymCity of London, the City

3. centre (location) a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

Synonymscenter, midpoint

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)bight, bowels, bull, bull's eye, center of curvature, center of gravity, center of mass, centre of curvature, centre of gravity, centre of mass, core, core, navel, navel point, nombril, nucleus, nucleus

4. centre (location) a place where some particular activity is concentrated

SamplesThey received messages from several centers.


Broader (hypernym)place, property

Narrower (hyponym)capital, nerve center, nerve centre

5. centre (food) the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering


Broader (hypernym)confection, sweet

Substance meronymchocolate candy

6. centre (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

SamplesThe gist of the prosecutor's argument.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.

Synonymscenter, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)bare bones, haecceity, hypostasis, quiddity, quintessence, stuff

7. centre (cognition) the object upon which interest and attention focuses

SamplesHis stories made him the center of the party.

Synonymscenter, center of attention, centre of attention

Broader (hypernym)object

Narrower (hyponym)conversation piece, crosshairs, cynosure, eye-catcher

8. centre (body) a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process

SamplesIn most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere.

Synonymscenter, nerve center, nerve centre

Broader (hypernym)neural structure

Narrower (hyponym)auditory center, Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca, inferior colliculus, olfactory brain, respiratory center, rhinencephalon, superior colliculus, Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center

9. centre (artifact) a building dedicated to a particular activity

SamplesThey were raising money to build a new center for research.


Broader (hypernym)building, edifice

Narrower (hyponym)burn center, call center, call centre, civic center, community center, conference center, conference house, control center, research center, research facility, service club, settlement house, student center

English verb: centre

1. centre (motion) move into the center

SamplesThat vase in the picture is not centered.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

2. centre (cognition) direct one's attention on something

SamplesPlease focus on your studies and not on your hobbies.

Synonymscenter, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s on something

Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

Narrower (hyponym)absorb, engross, engulf, hear, immerse, listen, plunge, recall, soak up, steep, take heed, think, zoom in

Verb grouprivet

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