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centre

noun [C] uk UK (US center)   /ˈsen.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/

centre noun [C] (MIDDLE)

A2 the middle point or part: There was a large table in the centre of the room. the town centre centre of attention C2 the person or thing that everyone is most interested in and pays most attention to: She's the centre of attention everywhere she goes. be at the centre of sth to be most involved in a situation: Mark was at the centre of the argument. A social worker was at the centre of the scandal.

centre noun [C] (PLACE)

A2 a place or building, especially one where a particular activity happens: a sports/leisure/health centre a garden/shopping centre Grants will be given to establish centres of excellence (= places where a particular activity is done extremely well) in this field of research.

centre

noun [S, + sing/pl verb], adjective uk UK (US center)   /ˈsen.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
C2 in politics, the people in a group who hold opinions that are not extreme but are between two opposites: His political views are known to be left of/right of centre. a centre left party

centre

verb [T] uk UK (US center)   /ˈsen.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
to put something in the middle of an area: Centre (= put at equal distances from the left and right sides of the page) all the headings in this document.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of centre from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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