centres, centring, centred
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft in names after n A centre is a building where people have meetings, take part in a particular activity, or get help of some kind.

We went to a party at the leisure centre...

She now also does pottery classes at a community centre.

...the National Exhibition Centre.

2) N-COUNT: with supp If an area or town is a centre for an industry or activity, that industry or activity is very important there.

London is also the major international insurance centre.

3) N-COUNT: usu sing The centre of something is the middle of it.

A large wooden table dominates the centre of the room...

Bake until light golden and crisp around the edges and slightly soft in the centre.

4) N-COUNT: usu sing The centre of a town or city is the part where there are the most shops and businesses and where a lot of people come from other areas to work or shop.

...the city centre.

5) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N of n If something or someone is at the centre of a situation, they are the most important thing or person involved.

...the man at the centre of the controversy...

At the centre of the heated row was the question: Who leaked little Jennifer's name?

6) N-COUNT: usu sing, N of n If someone or something is the centre of attention or interest, people are giving them a lot of attention.

The rest of the cast was used to her being the centre of attention...

The centre of attraction was Pierre Auguste Renoir's oil painting.

7) N-SING: the N, oft N n In politics, the centre refers to groups and their beliefs, when they are considered to be neither left-wing nor right-wing.

The Democrats have become a party of the centre.

...the centre parties.

8) VERB If you centre something, you move it so that it is at the centre of something else.

[V n on n] Centre the design on the cloth before you start. [Also V n]

9) V-ERG If something centres or is centred on a particular thing or person, that thing or person is the main subject of attention.

[V on/around n] ...the improvement was the result of a plan which centred on academic achievement and personal motivation...

[V on/around n] All his concerns were centred around himself rather than Rachel...

[be V-ed on/around n] When working with patients, my efforts are centred on helping them to overcome illness. [Also V n on/around n]

Derived words:
-centred COMB in ADJ-GRADED

...a child-centred approach to teaching.

...patient-centred care.

10) V-ERG If an industry or event is centred in a place, or if it centres there, it takes place to the greatest extent there.

[be V-ed prep] The fighting has been centred around the town of Vucovar...

[V prep] The disturbances have centred round the two main university areas...

[V-ed] Between 100 and 150 travellers' vehicles were scattered around the county, with the largest gathering centred on Ampfield.

English dictionary. 2008.

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