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[sen-ter] /ˈsɛn tər/
noun, verb, centred, centring. Chiefly British
1. Unabridged
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  • The docks are now an attractive spread of museums, hotels and restaurants, with a concert arena and a convention centre.
  • It is indeed different now and has lost its silent splendor, becoming an entertainment centre.
  • It also has the world's biggest ballroom and a perfectly humungous shopping centre.
  • Bright blue pockets of star formation can be seen to the right and left of centre.
  • It is also a centre for innovation in robotics, electronics and nanotechnology.
  • Or it might pay for children with a rare condition to travel to a trial centre.
  • Indeed the evidence is here that a functional cognitive centre is something of an unexpected blessing.
  • Besides keeping an eye on what is going on, this centre will provide support, information and entertainment to drivers.
  • For more information about our print and digital subscription packages, please visit our subscription centre.
  • Check with the local visitors centre to find out where you can and cannot freedom camp.
British Dictionary definitions for centre


  1. the midpoint of any line or figure, esp the point within a circle or sphere that is equidistant from any point on the circumference or surface
  2. the point within a body through which a specified force may be considered to act, such as the centre of gravity
the point, axis, or pivot about which a body rotates
a point, area, or part that is approximately in the middle of a larger area or volume
a place at which some specified activity is concentrated: a shopping centre
a person or thing that is a focus of interest
a place of activity or influence: a centre of power
a person, group, policy, or thing in the middle
(usually capital) (politics)
  1. a political party or group favouring moderation, esp the moderate members of a legislative assembly
  2. (as modifier): a Centre-Left alliance
(physiol) any part of the central nervous system that regulates a specific function: respiratory centre
a bar with a conical point upon which a workpiece or part may be turned or ground
a punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately
  1. a player who plays in the middle of the forward line
  2. the act or an instance of passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field, court, etc
  1. the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
  2. the player in this position
  1. the ring around the bull's eye
  2. a shot that hits this ring
to move towards, mark, put, or be at a centre
(transitive) to focus or bring together: to centre one's thoughts
(intransitive) often foll by on. to have as a main point of view or theme: the novel centred on crime
(transitive) to adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre
(intransitive; foll by on or round) to have as a centre
(transitive) (sport) to pass (the ball) into the middle of the field or court
Word Origin
C14: from Latin centrum the stationary point of a compass, from Greek kentron needle, from kentein to prick


the Centre (ˈsɛntə). the sparsely inhabited central region of Australia
(French) (sɑ̃trə). a region of central France: generally low-lying; drained chiefly by the Rivers Loire, Loir, and Cher
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Word Origin and History for centre

chiefly British English spelling of center (q.v.); for ending, see -re.

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