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countable usually singular
the middle of a space, area, or object, especially the exact middle
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
place of activity
a place where there is a lot of a particular type of business, activity etc
business/commercial/financial etc centre
a major banking centre
It's not exactly a cultural center like Paris.
The city became a centre for the paper industry.
a very good place for education
of a town
the part of a town or city where most of the shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres etc are
shops in the town centre
the main route into Leeds city centre
be at the centre of something
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
be the centre of attention
to be the person that everyone is giving attention to
Betty just loves being the centre of attention.
be/take centre stage
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.
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
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
centre of population/urban centre
an area where a large number of people live
Nuclear installations are built well away from the main centres of population.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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