concentrate

concentrate
con|cen|trate1 W2S2 [ˈkɔnsəntreıt US ˈka:n-] v
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: con- + Latin centrum 'center']
1.)
to think very carefully about something that you are doing
Now please concentrate.
Adrian was finding it difficult to concentrate.
concentrate on
Be quiet - let me concentrate on my homework.
2.) [I and T]
to be present in large numbers or amounts somewhere, or to cause people or things to be present in large numbers or amounts somewhere
→↑concentration concentrate sth in/at sth
Italian industry is concentrated mainly in the north.
Construction of the aircraft is being concentrated at Prestwick.
concentrate in/at
Women concentrate in a small number of occupations.
3.) sth concentrates the mind
if something concentrates the mind, it makes you think very clearly
Relaxing in a Jacuzzi concentrates the mind wonderfully.
4.) [T]
to make a substance or liquid stronger by removing some of the water from it
concentrate () on [concentrate (sth) on sth] [i]phr v
to give most of your attention or effort to one thing
Doctors are aiming to concentrate more on prevention than cure.
concentrate your efforts/attention/energy/mind etc on sth
I'm concentrating my efforts on writing my autobiography.
concentrate 2
concentrate2 n [U and C]
a substance or liquid which has been made stronger by removing most of the water from it
orange juice concentrate

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