Definition of “concentrate” - English Dictionary

“concentrate” in British English

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concentrateverb

uk /ˈkɒn.sən.treɪt/ us /ˈkɑːn.sən.treɪt/

concentrate verb (GIVE ATTENTION)

B1 [ I or T ] to direct your attention or your efforts towards a particular activity, 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 find running concentrates the mind (= helps me to think).
I'm going to concentrate on my writing for a while.
The company is concentrating (its resources) on developing new products.

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concentratenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.sən.treɪt/ us /ˈkɑːn.sən.treɪt/

(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 direct effort toward achieving a result:

[ I always + adv/prep ] In her later years, she concentrated on her writing and teaching.
[ T ] The police are concentrating their search in the area where the child was last seen.

concentrate verb [ I/T ] (COME TOGETHER)

[ I/T ] to bring or come together in a large number or amount in one particular area:

[ T ] Most of the country’s population is concentrated in the cities.

concentrate verb [ I/T ] (CHANGE SUBSTANCE)

chemistry [ T ] to make a substance stronger or purer by removing water 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 /ˈkɒnsəntreɪt/ us

to give all of your attention to one particular activity, subject, or problem:

concentrate on sth The corporation is selling off its restaurant chain to concentrate on its core retailing business.
concentrate on doing sth The new firm will concentrate on managing money for institutional investors.
concentrate your efforts/attention/resources on sth Many wine producers have concentrated their efforts on producing less wine, but of a higher quality.

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