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English adjective: center

1. center equally distant from the extremes

Synonymshalfway, middle, midway



2. center of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually

Similarcentrist, middle-of-the-road

Antonymsleft, right

English noun: center

1. center (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.

Synonymscentre, 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

2. center (artifact) the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher

SamplesHe hit the ball to deep center.

Synonymscenter field, centerfield

Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Part meronymoutfield

3. center (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

4. center (location) a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

Synonymscentre, 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

5. center (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.

Synonymscentre, 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

6. center (cognition) the object upon which interest and attention focuses

SamplesHis stories made him the center of the party.

Synonymscenter of attention, centre, centre of attention

Broader (hypernym)object

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

7. center (body) a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process

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

Synonymscentre, 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

8. center (group) the middle of a military or naval formation

SamplesThey had to reinforce the center.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

9. center (person) (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team

Broader (hypernym)basketball player, basketeer, cager

Instance hyponymBill Russell, Russell, William Felton Russell

Domain categorybasketball, basketball game, hoops

10. center (person) (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback

SamplesThe center fumbled the handoff.


Broader (hypernym)lineman

Domain categoryfootball, football game

11. center (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

12. center (group) politically moderate persons; centrists

Broader (hypernym)class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum

Member holonymcentrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist

13. center (person) (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team

Broader (hypernym)hockey player, ice-hockey player

Domain categoryhockey, hockey game, ice hockey

14. center (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

15. center (artifact) mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace

SamplesA good plaza should have a movie house.
They spent their weekends at the local malls.

Synonymsmall, plaza, shopping center, shopping centre, shopping mall

Broader (hypernym)mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet

Part holonymfood court

16. center (act) the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

Broader (hypernym)position

Member meronymhockey team

17. center (act) (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play

SamplesIt is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback.

Broader (hypernym)lineman

Member meronymeleven, football team

18. center (act) a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game

Broader (hypernym)position

Member meronymbasketball team, five

English verb: center

1. center (stative) center upon

SamplesHer entire attention centered on her children.
Our day revolved around our work.

Synonymscenter on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

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

SamplesPlease focus on your studies and not on your hobbies.

Synonymscentre, 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

3. center (motion) move into the center

SamplesThat vase in the picture is not centered.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

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