cen‧tral S1 W1
in the middle of an area or an object:
middle[only before noun, no comparative]
He lives in central London.
The roof is supported by a central column.
used about the part of an organization, system etc which controls the rest of it, or its work:
from one place[only before noun, no comparative]PG
the party's central office
the system's central control unit
more important and having more influence than anything else
values which are central to our society
Owen played a central role in the negotiations.
His ideas were of central importance in the development of the theory.
central idea/theme/concern etc
Education has become a central issue in public debate.
a place that is central is easy to reach because it is near the middle of a town or area:
It's very central, just five minutes walk from the main square.
a place where something is happening a lot:
Tim's house became party central for the band and their friends.
Our office is centrally situated.
All data is held centrally.
—centrality noun [uncountable]