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"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 separate parts) controlled from a single place or by a single organization: A central computer tracks reservations.
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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 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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(Definition of central from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 in developing trust 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 single authority: central control/government/authority Without a strong central authority, the country faces imminent collapse.
controlling other smaller organizations, departments, etc.: The company announced the relocation of its central office to a greenfield site outside the capital.
centrally
adverb
centrally located offices a centrally managed service department
(Definition of central from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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