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Definitions of centred

centred  (ˈsɛntəd or (US) centered



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

centre or (US) center (ˈsɛntə )



  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'

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
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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