Meaning of “centre” in the English Dictionary

"centre" in British English

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centrenoun [ C ]

UK US center uk /ˈsen.tər/ us /ˈsen.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.

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  • They've got a fabulous apartment in the centre of Paris.
  • Make a fold across the centre of the card.
  • I love those chocolates with the caramel centres.
  • Is that cake cooked properly in the centre?
  • Try to hit the centre of the target.

centre noun [ C ] (PLACE)

A2 a place or building, especially one where a particular activity happens:

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.

More examples

  • The centre provides expert advice for people with financial problems.
  • He's gone down to the health centre to collect his prescriptions.
  • He works in a sports centre instructing people in the use of the gym equipment.
  • In the refugee centres we saw many children whose stomachs were distended because of lack of food.
  • Have you seen the designs for the new shopping centre?

centrenoun [ S, + sing/pl verb ], adjective

UK US center uk /ˈsen.tər/ us /ˈsen.t̬ɚ/

centreverb [ T ]

UK US center uk /ˈsen.tər/ us /ˈsen.t̬ɚ/

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

"centre" in Business English

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centrenoun [ C ]

UK US center uk /ˈsentər/ us

a building, office, etc. that is used for a particular business or activity:

a conference centre
The retailer has a customer service centre in Dundee and distribution centres in Dundee and Livingston.

an area, city, or country which is known for a particular business or activity and where a lot of business, etc. takes place:

centre for sth Hong Kong has long been recognized as a centre for the production of jade jewellery.
commercial/financial/industrial centre Dubai is acknowledged to be the commercial centre of the Middle East.

especially UK the main part of a town or city, where most of its offices, stores, etc. are:

town/city centre Most commuters travel into the city centre by public transport.
the centre

the central department in a company or organization:

For the immediate future, the Sydney branch will be run from the centre.

(Definition of “centre” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)