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centre

[sen-ter] /ˈsɛn tər/
noun, verb, centred, centring. Chiefly British
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  • It had been in his mind for years, and his thoughts had centred on it and wandered out from it, tracking its mystery.
  • Besides, in a centred mind, it signifies nothing how many mechanical inventions you exhibit.
  • They are not ignorant, but rather self-centred and deliberately obtuse.
  • They instinctively centred all their demands about the cry for a national parliament.
  • The way that the crisis has centred on the banking industry also explains its duration.
  • So the question is whether the west can alter its long held self-centred view of the world as fast as the world changes.
British Dictionary definitions for centred

centred

/ˈsɛntəd/
adjective
1.
mentally and emotionally confident, focused, and well-balanced

centre

/ˈsɛntə/
noun
1.
(geometry)
  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
2.
the point, axis, or pivot about which a body rotates
3.
a point, area, or part that is approximately in the middle of a larger area or volume
4.
a place at which some specified activity is concentrated: a shopping centre
5.
a person or thing that is a focus of interest
6.
a place of activity or influence: a centre of power
7.
a person, group, policy, or thing in the middle
8.
(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
9.
(physiol) any part of the central nervous system that regulates a specific function: respiratory centre
10.
a bar with a conical point upon which a workpiece or part may be turned or ground
11.
a punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately
12.
(sport)
  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
13.
(basketball)
  1. the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
  2. the player in this position
14.
(archery)
  1. the ring around the bull's eye
  2. a shot that hits this ring
verb
15.
to move towards, mark, put, or be at a centre
16.
(transitive) to focus or bring together: to centre one's thoughts
17.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to have as a main point of view or theme: the novel centred on crime
18.
(transitive) to adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre
19.
(intransitive; foll by on or round) to have as a centre
20.
(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

Centre

noun
1.
the Centre (ˈsɛntə). the sparsely inhabited central region of Australia
2.
(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 centred

centre

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

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