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Meaning of “concentrate” in the English Dictionary

"concentrate" in British English

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concentrateverb

uk   /ˈkɒn.sən.treɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
  • concentrate verb (GIVE ATTENTION)

B1 [I or T] to ​directyourattention or ​yourefforts towards a ​particularactivity, ​subject, or ​problem: Come on, concentrate! We don't have all ​day to do this. I can't concentrate on my ​work with all that ​noise. I ​findrunning concentrates the ​mind (= ​helps me to ​think). I'm going to concentrate on my writing for a while. The ​company is concentrating (​itsresources) ondeveloping new ​products.

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  • I couldn't concentrate on my ​work - my ​mind was on other things.
  • She was concentrating on her ​book and his ​voicestartled her.
  • Just ​try to concentrate on ​hitting the ​ball.
  • I can't concentrate because of all the ​noise the ​builders are making.
  • It's a good ​film, but the ​plot is very ​complicated and you really have to concentrate.

concentratenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒn.sən.treɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
(Definition of concentrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"concentrate" in American English

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concentrateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkɑn·sənˌtreɪt/
  • concentrate verb [I/T] (GIVE ATTENTION)

to ​direct a lot of ​attention and ​thought to an ​activity or ​subject, or to ​directeffort toward ​achieving a ​result: [I always + adv/prep] In her ​lateryears, she concentrated on her writing and ​teaching. [T] The ​police are concentrating ​theirsearch in the ​area where the ​child was last ​seen.
  • concentrate verb [I/T] (COME TOGETHER)

[I/T] to ​bring or come together in a ​largenumber or ​amount in one ​particulararea: [T] Most of the country’s ​population is concentrated in the ​cities.
  • concentrate verb [I/T] (CHANGE SUBSTANCE)

chemistry [T] to make a ​substancestronger or ​purer by ​removingwater or other ​substances

concentratenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑn·sənˌtreɪt/
  • concentrate noun [C/U] (SUBSTANCE)

a ​substance from which ​water or other ​substances have been ​removed
(Definition of concentrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"concentrate" in Business English

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concentrateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnsəntreɪt/
to give all of your ​attention to one particular ​activity, ​subject, or problem: concentrate on sth The ​corporation is ​selling off its ​restaurantchain to concentrate on its ​coreretailingbusiness.concentrate on doing sth The new ​firm will concentrate on ​managingmoney for ​institutionalinvestors.concentrate your efforts/attention/resources on sth Many wine ​producers have concentrated their ​efforts on ​producing less wine, but of a ​higherquality.
(Definition of concentrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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