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centred (ˈsɛntəd Pronunciation for centred or (US) centered



  1. mentally and emotionally confident, focused, and well-balanced

centre or (US) center (ˈsɛntə Pronunciation for )



  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. (physiology) 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


  1. to move towards, mark, put, or be at a centre
  2. (transitive) to focus or bring together   ⇒ to centre one's thoughts
  3. (intransitive) often foll by on to have as a main point of view or theme   ⇒ the novel centred on crime
  4. (transitive) to adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre
  5. (intransitive; followed by on or round) to have as a centre
  6. (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

Translations for 'centred'

  • British English: centred If an industry or event is centred in a place, it takes place to the greatest extent there. ADJECTIVEThe tremor was centred in the ocean.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: centralizado
  • Chinese: 在中央的
  • European Spanish: localizado localizada
  • French: centré centrée
  • German: konzentriert
  • Italian: che ha il proprio centro
  • Japanese: 中心の
  • Korean: 중앙에 있는
  • Portuguese: centralizado centralizada
  • Spanish: localizado localizada

Example Sentences Including 'centred'

An MoD spokesman said the case had centred on testing procedures, rather than allegations about faulty software.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Arguments centred almost entirely on the question of Ulster.
Frank Welsh THE FOUR NATIONS: A History of the United Kingdom (2002)
It probably allowed them to perform complex aerobatic manoeuvres while keeping their gaze firmly centred on their prey.
New Scientist (2003)
My first visit from Dublin, in 1966, centred around readings in a bookshop in Forrest Road.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Slowly they rode the air currents in long aimless loops centred round Cengarn, a black lump rising from the red.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
That expenditure is the reason why the club's focus for a replacement has centred on lesser known, less expensive coaching candidates.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The hinterlands outside the cities will inevitably suffer relative decline, as Canada becomes a nation centred in half a dozen metropolises.
Globe and Mail (2003)
They were quite logical and clear, and they were centred on Tony Tarasconi.
Innes, Hammond High Stand
Yet everything I thought or dreamed about always centred around the Wall.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games


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