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centraladjective

uk   us   /ˈsen.trəl/

central adjective (NEAR THE MIDDLE)

B1 in, at, from, or near the centre or most important part 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 to our plan.
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central adjective (ORGANIZATION)

C1 [before noun] controlled or organized in one main place: central authorities the US central bank central planning
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