cen‧tre1 S1 W1 British English ; center American English
the middle of a space, area, or object, especially the exact middle
middle[countable usually singular]
in the centre (of something)
There was an enormous oak table in the center of the room.
The hotel is right in the centre of the village.
Draw a line through the centre of the circle.
lines radiating out from the centre
chocolates with soft centres
a building which is used for a particular purpose or activity
the European Centre for Nuclear Research
an exhibition at the Community Arts Centre
a place where there is a lot of a particular type of business, activity etc
place of activity[countable]
business/commercial/financial etc centre
a major banking centre
It's not exactly a cultural center like Paris.
the part of a town or city where most of the shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres etc are [= downtown American English]
of a town[countable] British English
shops in the town centre
the main route into Leeds city centre
if a person or thing is at the centre of something that is happening, they are involved in it more than other people or things:
He always seems to be at the centre of things.
be at the centre of a row/dispute/controversy etc
the businessman at the centre of the row over political donations
to be the person that everyone is giving attention to:
Betty just loves being the centre of attention.
if something or someone is centre stage, they have an important position and get a lot of attention:
After his father's death, he was able to rise to power and take centre stage.
a moderate (=middle) position in politics in which you do not support extreme ideas:
The party's new policies show a swing towards the centre.
left/right of centre
Her political views are slightly left of centre.
a centre-left government
a player in sports such as football and basketball who plays in or near the middle of the field or playing area:
the Sonics' six-foot-four-inch center
centre forward/half/back etc (=players in different parts of the middle section of the playing area)
an area where a large number of people live:
Nuclear installations are built well away from the main centres of population.