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concentrate (v.)

1630s, "to bring or come to a common center," from concenter (1590s), from Italian concentrare, from assimilated form of Latin com "with, together" (see con-) + centrum "center" (see center (n.)).

Meaning "condense" is from 1680s; that of "intensify the action of" is from 1758. Sense of "mentally focus" is from 1860s, on the notion of "concentrate the mind or mental powers." Related: Concentrated; concentrating.

Origin and meaning of concentrate

concentrate (n.)

"that which has been reduced to a state of purity," 1883, from concentrate(adj.) "reduced to a pure or intense state" (1640s), from concentrate (v.).

Origin and meaning of concentrate

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Definitions of concentrate from WordNet
1
concentrate (v.)
make denser, stronger, or purer;
concentrate juice
concentrate (v.)
direct one's attention on something;
Synonyms: focus / center / centre / pore / rivet
concentrate (v.)
make central;
Synonyms: centralize / centralise
concentrate (v.)
make more concise;
Synonyms: digest / condense
concentrate (v.)
draw together or meet in one common center;
These groups concentrate in the inner cities
concentrate (v.)
compress or concentrate;
Synonyms: condense / contract
concentrate (v.)
be cooked until very little liquid is left;
Synonyms: boil down / reduce / decoct
concentrate (v.)
cook until very little liquid is left;
Synonyms: reduce / boil down
2
concentrate (n.)
the desired mineral that is left after impurities have been removed from mined ore;
Synonyms: dressed ore
concentrate (n.)
a concentrated form of a foodstuff; the bulk is reduced by removing water;
concentrate (n.)
a concentrated example of something;
the concentrate of contemporary despair
From wordnet.princeton.edu