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"central" in British English

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centraladjective

uk   /ˈsen.trəl/  us   /ˈsen.trəl/
  • central adjective (NEAR THE MIDDLE)

B1 in, at, from, or near the ​centre or most ​importantpart of something: central ​Europe/London Of ​course, you ​pay more for ​premises with a central ​location (= in or near the ​centre of a ​town).

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  • central adjective (IMPORTANT)

C2 main or ​important: a central ​role Community ​involvement is central toourplan.

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(Definition of central from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"central" in American English

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centraladjective

 us   /ˈsen·trəl/
  • central adjective (NEAR THE MIDDLE)

in, at, from, or near the ​center: He ​grew up in central Illinois.
  • central adjective (IMPORTANT)

main or ​important: American ​novels often take ​money as ​their central ​concern.
  • central adjective (CONTROLLED)

(of something having ​separateparts) ​controlled from a ​singleplace or by a ​singleorganization: A central ​computertracksreservations.
(Definition of central from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"central" in Business English

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centraladjective

uk   us   /ˈsentrəl/
main or important: be central to sth Offshore ​production is central to the ​strategies of some of the world's most powerful ​businesses. Communication plays a central role indevelopingtrust within an ​organization.
in or near the ​centre of something: You will have to ​pay more for ​offices in a central ​location. central London
controlled or ​organized from one ​place or by one ​singleauthority: central control/government/authority Without a ​strong central ​authority, the country faces imminent ​collapse.
controlling other ​smallerorganizations, ​departments, etc.: The ​company announced the ​relocation of its central ​office to a ​greenfieldsite outside the ​capital.
centrally
adverb
centrally ​locatedoffices a centrally ​managedservicedepartment
(Definition of central from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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