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      n   bull's-eye, core, crux, focus, heart, hub, kernel, mid     (archaic)   middle, midpoint, nucleus, pivot  
      vb   cluster, concentrate, converge, focus, revolve  
,       n   border, boundary, brim, circumference, edge, fringe, limit, lip, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim  
      vb   bestrew, diffuse, disseminate, fling, scatter, spread, sprinkle, strew, toss  
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  ( centres    plural & 3rd person present)   ( centring    present participle)   ( centred    past tense & past participle  )
in AM, use center     
1       n-count   A centre is a building where people have meetings, take part in a particular activity, or get help of some kind.  
usu with supp, oft in names after n  
We went to a party at the leisure centre..., ...the National Exhibition Centre.     
2       n-count   If an area or town is a centre for an industry or activity, that industry or activity is very important there.  
with supp  
London is also the major international insurance centre.     
3       n-count   The centre of something is the middle of it.  
usu sing  
A large wooden table dominates the centre of the room..., Bake until light golden and crisp around the edges and slightly soft in the centre.     
4       n-count   The centre of a town or city is the part where there are the most shops and businesses and where a lot of people come from other areas to work or shop.  
usu sing  
...the city centre.     
5       n-count   If something or someone is at the centreof a situation, they are the most important thing or person involved.  
usu sing, usu N of n  
...the man at the centre of the controversy..., At the centre of the inquiry has been concern for the pensioners involved.     
6       n-count   If someone or something is the centreof attention or interest, people are giving them a lot of attention.  
usu sing, N of n   (=focus)  
The rest of the cast was used to her being the centre of attention..., The centre of attraction was Pierre Auguste Renoir's oil painting.     
7       n-sing   In politics, the centre refers to groups and their beliefs, when they are considered to be neither left-wing nor right-wing.  
the N, oft N n  
The Democrats have become a party of the centre., ...the centre parties.     
8       verb   If something centres or is centredon a particular thing or person, that thing or person is the main subject of attention.  
...a plan which centred on academic achievement and personal motivation...      V on/around n  
When working with patients, my efforts are centred on helping them to overcome illness.      be V-ed on/around n  
  -centred      comb in adj  
...a child-centred approach to teaching.     
9       verb   If an industry or event is centred in a place, or if it centres there, it takes place to the greatest extent there.  
The fighting has been centred around the town of Vucovar...      be V-ed prep  
The disturbances have centred round the two main university areas...      V prep  
Between 100 and 150 travellers' vehicles were scattered around the county, with the largest gathering centred on Ampfield.      V-ed  
    community centre  
    detention centre  
    garden centre  
    health centre  
    job centre  
    nerve centre  
    reception centre  
    remand centre  
    shopping centre  

call centre        ( call centres    plural  )
in AM, use call center      A call centre is an office where people work answering or making telephone calls for a particular company.      n-count  
centre-forward        ( centre-forwards    plural  ) A centre-forward in a team sport such as football or hockey is the player or position in the middle of the front row of attacking players.      n-count  
centre of gravity        ( centres of gravity    plural  ) The centre of gravity of an object is a point in it. If this point is above the base of the object, it stays stable, rather than falling over.      n-count  
centre stage     
The spellings centre-stage in British English, and center stage in American English are also used.     
If something or someone takes centre stage, they become very important or noticeable.      n-uncount   also the N  
Nuclear proliferation has returned to centre stage in international affairs.     
city centre        ( city centres    plural  ) The city centre is the busiest part of a city, where most of the shops and businesses are.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count   oft the N  
There is high demand for city centre offices.     
community centre        ( community centres    plural  )
in AM, use community center      A community centre is a place that is specially provided for the people, groups, and organizations in a particular area, where they can go in order to meet one another and do things.      n-count  
detention centre        ( detention centres    plural  )
in AM, use detention center      A detention centre is a sort of prison, for example a place where people who have entered a country illegally are kept while a decision is made about what to do with them.      n-count  
garden centre        ( garden centres    plural  ) A garden centre is a large shop, usually with an outdoor area, where you can buy things for your garden such as plants and gardening tools.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
health centre        ( health centres    plural  )
in AM, use health center      A health centre is a building in which a group of doctors have offices or surgeries where their patients can visit them.      n-count   (=surgery)  
job centre        ( job centres    plural  ) , Jobcentre   In Britain, a job centre is a place where people who are looking for work can go to get advice on finding a job, and to look at advertisements placed by people who are looking for new employees.      n-count  
in AM, use left of center     
Left-of-centre people or political parties support political ideas which are closer to socialism than to capitalism.      adj   usu ADJ n  
leisure centre        ( leisure centres    plural  ) A leisure centre is a large public building containing different facilities for leisure activities, such as a sports hall, a swimming pool, and rooms for meetings.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   oft in names  
nerve centre        ( nerve centres    plural  )
in AM, use nerve center      The nerve centre of an organization is the place from where its activities are controlled and where its leaders meet.      n-count   usu with poss  
My office is the nerve centre of the operation.     
in AM, use off-center     
1       adj   If something is off-centre, it is not exactly in the middle of a space or surface.  
usu v-link ADJ  
If the blocks are placed off-centre, they will fall down.     
2       adj   If you describe someone or something as off-centre, you mean that they are less conventional than other people or things.  
usu v-link ADJ   (=unorthodox)  
Davies's writing is far too off-centre to be commercial.     
reception centre        ( reception centres    plural  ) A reception centre is a place where people who have no homes or are being looked after by the government can live until somewhere else is found for them to live.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
remand centre        ( remand centres    plural  ) In Britain, a remand centre is an institution where people who are accused of a crime are sent until their trial begins or until a decision about their punishment has been made.      n-count  
in AM, use right-of-center     
You can describe a person or political party as right-of-centre if they have political views which are closer to capitalism and conservatism than to socialism but which are not very extreme.      adj   usu ADJ n     (Antonym: left-of-centre)    ...the new right-of-centre government.     
shopping centre        ( shopping centres    plural  )
in AM, use shopping center      A shopping centre is a specially built area containing a lot of different shops.      n-count  
The new shopping centre was constructed at a cost of 1.1 million.     

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