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concentrate

con·cen·trate

concentrate

 
 
pronunciation:
kan sn treIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: concentrated, concentrates, concentrating
definition 1: to draw together to a center; focus.
Just relax and concentrate your attention on this spinning disk.
synonyms:
center, direct, focus
antonyms:
dissipate
similar words:
aim, centralize, converge, fasten, fix, rivet
definition 2: to make purer, more intense, or more essential.
Boiling concentrates thin maple sap into syrup.The orange juice is then concentrated by removing water from the juice.
synonyms:
boil down, condense, distill, intensify
antonyms:
dilute
similar words:
converge, crystallize, purify, rectify, reduce, refine, thicken
definition 3: to gather or collect in one place.
The leaders thought it best to concentrate troops along the northern border.
synonyms:
centralize, collect, congregate, converge, gather
antonyms:
diffuse, dissipate
similar words:
assemble, bunch, cluster, concenter, group, mass
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to focus intense mental energy or attention (sometimes fol. by on).
Could you be quiet so I can concentrate on my work?I'm trying to relax and read, but I'm so excited about tomorrow that I can't concentrate.
 
synonyms:
center, focus
similar words:
attend, fasten on
definition 2: to gather; converge.
The guests concentrated in the center of the room.
synonyms:
collect, congregate, converge, gather
antonyms:
diffuse, disperse, dissipate
similar words:
assemble, bunch, centralize, cluster, concenter, group, mass
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part of speech: noun
definition: something in concentrated form, such as juice or flavoring.
This is a juice concentrate, so you'll have to add water to make it drinkable.
synonyms:
distillate, essence, extract
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derivations: concentrative (adj.), concentrator (n.)
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