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  1. [noun] an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
    Synonyms: centre, middle, heart, eye

  2. [noun] the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
    Synonyms: field

  3. [noun] a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
    Synonyms: centre

  4. [noun] a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
    Synonyms: centre, midpoint

  5. [noun] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
    Synonyms: kernel, substance, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty

  6. [noun] the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
    Synonyms: of attention

  7. [noun] a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
    Synonyms: centre, nerve nerve centre

  8. [noun] the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"

  9. [noun] (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team

  10. [noun] (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
    Synonyms: snapper

  11. [noun] a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
    Synonyms: centre

  12. [noun] politically moderate persons; centrists

  13. [noun] (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team

  14. [noun] the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
    Synonyms: centre

  15. [noun] mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
    Synonyms: plaza, mall, shopping mall, shopping shopping centre

  16. [noun] the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

  17. [noun] the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; "it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"

  18. [noun] a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game

  19. [verb] center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
    Synonyms: focus on, on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on

  20. [verb] direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
    Synonyms: concentrate, focus, centre, pore, rivet

  21. [verb] move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"
    Synonyms: centre

  22. [adjective] equally distant from the extremes
    Synonyms: halfway, middle, midway

  23. [adjective] of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually


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