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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
concentrate/focus on an aspect
▪ Accountants often concentrate on one aspect of accounting.
▪ Police are not saying where they are concentrating their activities but people on Blackbird Leys have mixed views.
▪ Here is a clear example of a rare rock type that has been strongly concentrated by lunar geological activity.
▪ It is good for managers who can concentrate on their core activities, looking for the best deal for their customers.
▪ Chemical has traditionally concentrated its underwriting activity in New York and the eastern region.
▪ After that, although there was never an official split, all four decided to concentrate on solo activities.
▪ Louisa would move restlessly from one toy to another, apparently unable to concentrate on one activity.
▪ Beginners should concentrate on just one activity.
▪ The remaining chapters in this Section concentrate mainly on the activities of these Marketing specialists.
▪ Unless there was some incident that diverted and concentrated the general attention, but I noticed nothing.
▪ Once at Sotherton, however, Crawford concentrates all his attention on Maria.
▪ Fred preferred not to reply, and concentrated his attention on the screen.
▪ Posterity undoubtedly concentrated its attention on St Augustine as a theologian, and on what he wrote about predestination.
▪ We shall concentrate attention on the sterling deposit contract.
▪ I tried to concentrate my attention on one face.
▪ This concentrates attention on the facts and away from personalities and feelings.
▪ The two soon concentrated their business at the Albion brewery.
▪ Because now you can really concentrate on their business.
▪ Few can afford to compete everywhere, and many have chosen to concentrate on those businesses and markets they know best.
▪ Care done right frees a working parent from worry and allows the parent to concentrate on business.
▪ This meant it could concentrate on two core businesses - security printing and heating and bathroom products.
▪ The justification will concentrate on business deliverables.
▪ That will leave management free to concentrate on the existing businesses which are not having an easy time of it.
▪ In Chapter 2 we concentrate on the changing nature of the public monument.
▪ The detailed cases described in chapters 7-9 concentrate heavily on the events that took place during that period.
▪ This chapter will concentrate on the circumstances and Chapter 8 on the consequences of departure.
▪ The first part of this chapter will concentrate on studies of relatively small groups.
▪ After providing a brief overview of the chronology of urban unrest during the 1980s, the chapter concentrates on two main themes.
▪ This chapter concentrates on these three national clearinghouses already established, and is based on a longer paper on the subject.
▪ Therefore this chapter will concentrate on the way photography has been used in representing commodity culture.
▪ For the sake of simplicity, this introductory chapter will concentrate upon one conflict theory: Marxism.
▪ Or should they concentrate their efforts on looking after those sufferers who require nursing care in day hospitals or wards?
▪ He concentrated his efforts on the posterior aspect of the eye and established the ophthalmic exam.
▪ We then concentrated our efforts on the tail-rudder and elevators were in place by late Summer 1991.
▪ On the sidelines, Jody is concentrating her efforts on the officials.
▪ So Microsoft is now concentrating its efforts on a product customers do want to buy: Windows.
▪ Amelio has said Apple will concentrate development efforts on the Internet and multimedia, streamline operations and pare its unwieldy product lineup.
▪ Once you have control over the words you can concentrate all your efforts on their meaning.
▪ The government concentrated on efforts to stimulate economic growth and industrial investment and to enlarge the role of the private sector.
▪ Some committees prefer to concentrate on broader issues of policy and administration.
▪ They allow browser programmers to ignore the complex networking code necessary to support every firewall protocol and concentrate on important client issues.
▪ The Addiction Research Centre's programme of work concentrates on issues of prevention and policy in relation to alcohol and tobacco.
▪ By relieving it of responsibility for details, Parliament was thereby able to concentrate on major issues of policy.
▪ Other reactions have concentrated on the issue of the interplay between inner-city decay and racial disadvantage in contemporary Britain.
▪ He has tried to discredit the legality of parliament's inquiry, largely by concentrating on minor technical issues.
▪ By contrast, this study concentrates on the issue of public understanding as it affects scientists in conservation organisations.
▪ Chapter 8 takes up another theme from chapter 6: why managerial strategies concentrate on particular issues rather than others.
▪ He put Jane out of his mind and concentrated on the task ahead of him.
▪ She pushed her inner chaos to the back of her mind and tried to concentrate on the coming day.
▪ Once a beginner has got past the teething part of theory, his mind must be concentrated on the clubhead.
▪ But for now, he forced himself to put the problem out of his mind and concentrate on his son.
▪ His mind concentrated itself on Tolby's footsteps which were slightly uneven, as if the solicitor had a slight limp.
▪ Meanwhile, she got a grip on it with her mind, and concentrated.
▪ The thrust forward has more concentrated power than the withdrawal.
▪ The desire to concentrate power and resources.
▪ On the contrary, they are important to concentrate power such that changes might occur.
▪ All these new conditions will probably help to highly concentrate power in the State.
▪ These developments concentrated enormous power in the hands of the individual on the throne.
▪ Borland said Lotus's appeal was a bid to concentrate market power among a few dominant companies.
▪ Technology concentrates power at the top.
▪ Masterpieces of compression, they resonate with the concentrated power that can create diamonds from dross.
▪ So, instead, she concentrated on work.
▪ Heretofore, I had concentrated on doing good work in high-profile assignments.
▪ He went back to the prison hospital and concentrated on his work.
▪ Organization designs should concentrate on work.
▪ The library at St Edwards School, Oxford, and two sixth formers are finding it hard to concentrate on their work.
▪ Just concentrate on your work and leave the love business to me.
▪ All this begging for money was time-consuming and degrading so I decided to concentrate on finding work.
▪ I was in my law office when the trouble began, trying to force myself to concentrate on billable client work.
▪ Once on the system, it saves time and allows me to concentrate on walking the crops, not filling in forms.
▪ The division was sold to allow the company to concentrate on its retail operations.
▪ Simple words make your meaning clear and allow the reader to concentrate on the message.
▪ That allows the pitcher to concentrate fully on the hitter.
▪ This has allowed us to concentrate on the problems of running an established business.
▪ Care done right frees a working parent from worry and allows the parent to concentrate on business.
▪ The system also allows parent firms to concentrate on more capital intensive processes.
▪ New Jersey had a balanced budget when Whitman took office, allowing her to concentrate solely on paying for the tax cuts.
▪ All this begging for money was time-consuming and degrading so I decided to concentrate on finding work.
▪ After that, although there was never an official split, all four decided to concentrate on solo activities.
▪ New chairman David Mahony said it has been decided to concentrate on its electrical and electronic businesses.
▪ In the light of the various responses, the Board has decided to concentrate on specialist franchising.
▪ Then, in 1980, he decided to concentrate on his film career, and he has had his ups and downs.
▪ Jenkins had decided to concentrate on the bar and closed the rooms.
▪ It has decided to concentrate on laboratory services instead.
▪ Some good-condition coins were retrieved from one end of the heap, so we decided to concentrate in that area.
▪ As a result senior executives tend to concentrate on operations rather than on policy and direction.
▪ In an expanding economy, growth tends to concentrate on industrial goods and services.
▪ Part-time farming tends to be concentrated in DRAs where small, often non-viable holdings predominate.
▪ Illegal workers tend to be concentrated in service industries, agriculture, garment manufacturing, and in urban construction.
▪ This is because short professionals tend to concentrate their firepower.
▪ Unfortunately, most bureaucracies tend to concentrate on small details, sacrificing the overall picture.
▪ However research efforts in the past have tended to concentrate on one or the other.
▪ The report also criticised the current boom in real-life crime re-enactments, which again tend to concentrate on the most violent crimes.
▪ She tried to concentrate on the screen, but she kept looking at him.
▪ He tried to concentrate on Marge.
▪ She lay watching his face as he tried to concentrate on the complexities of the novel.
▪ I shook my head and tried to concentrate on what I was doing.
▪ By trying to concentrate on what she thought of as the negative parts of his personality she would protect her own weakness.
▪ I was trying to concentrate on my rehabilitation and focus on good things.
▪ Wycliffe tried to concentrate on the Wheel and to ignore the veritable forest of giant rock pinnacles with which they were surrounded.
▪ She tried to concentrate on what Omar was saying.
▪ I tried to read a few pages, but I found it hard to concentrate.
▪ Okay, I'll stop talking so you can concentrate.
▪ Sherman sat hunched forward and staring through the windshield, trying to concentrate on the traffic.
▪ There were so many people talking that I couldn't concentrate on the music.
▪ About 600 people work on Unocal properties in the state, with most concentrated in the Central and Southern California areas.
▪ Founded in 1981, Softbank concentrated on two domestic markets: publishing and computer-software distribution.
▪ My general plan was now to concentrate all the force possible against the Confederate armies in the field.
▪ Plant roots in the peats and estuarine sediments concentrate uranium in cell walls, especially in regions associated with transpiration processes.
▪ The analysis can be simplified by concentrating on the d.c. and fundamental components of voltage and current.
▪ The study concentrated on physics, not biology, Adams emphasized.
▪ As they had need, they drew aside to let ore wagons pass with their loads of concentrate and matte.
▪ The fields became parched and brown and the cattle required additional concentrate feed much as they had done the previous year.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Concentrate \Con*cen"trate\ (? or ?), v. i. To approach or meet in a common center; to consolidate; as, population tends to concentrate in cities.


Concentrate \Con*cen"trate\ (? or ?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Concentrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Concentrating.] [Pref. con- + L. centrum center. Cf. Concenter.]

  1. To bring to, or direct toward, a common center; to unite more closely; to gather into one body, mass, or force; to fix; as, to concentrate rays of light into a focus; to concentrate the attention.

    (He) concentrated whole force at his own camp.

  2. To increase the strength and diminish the bulk of, as of a liquid or an ore; to intensify, by getting rid of useless material; to condense; as, to concentrate acid by evaporation; to concentrate by washing; -- opposed to dilute.

    Spirit of vinegar concentrated and reduced to its greatest strength.

    Syn: To combine; to condense; to consolidate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "to bring or come to a common center," from concenter (1590s), from Italian concentrare, from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + centrum "center" (see center (n.)). Meaning "condense" is from 1680s. Sense of "mentally focus" is c.1860. Related: Concentrated; concentrating.


1883, from concentrate (v.).


n. A substance that is in a condensed form. vb. 1 (context ambitransitive English) To bring to, or direct toward, a common center; to unite more closely; to gather into one body, mass, or force. 2 To increase the strength and diminish the bulk of, as of a liquid or an ore; to intensify, by getting rid of useless material; to condense (qualifier: as opposed to 'dilute'). 3 To approach or meet in a common center; to consolidate.

  1. n. the desired mineral that is left after impurities have been removed from mined ore [syn: dressed ore]

  2. a concentrated form of a foodstuff; the bulk is reduced by removing water

  3. a concentrated example; "the concentrate of contemporary despair"

  1. v. make (the solvent of a solution) dense or denser

  2. direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: focus, center, centre, pore, rivet]

  3. make central; "The Russian government centralized the distribution of food" [syn: centralize, centralise] [ant: decentralize, decentralize, decentralize]

  4. make more concise; "condense the contents of a book into a summary" [syn: digest, condense]

  5. draw together or meet in one common center; "These groups concentrate in the inner cities"

  6. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" [syn: condense, contract]

  7. be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should reduce to one cup" [syn: boil down, reduce, decoct]

  8. cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time" [syn: reduce, boil down]


A concentrate is a form of substance which has had the majority of its base component (in the case of a liquid: the solvent) removed. Typically, this will be the removal of water from a solution or suspension, such as the removal of water from fruit juice. One benefit of producing a concentrate is that of a reduction in weight and volume for transportation, as the concentrate can be reconstituted at the time of usage by the addition of the solvent.

Category:Solutions Category:Chemical compounds

Usage examples of "concentrate".

His aggressive appearance was further enhanced by a trait common among achondroplastic dwarfs: because their tubular bones are shortened, their muscle mass is concentrated, creating an impression of considerable strength.

WITH THE REPEAL of the Stamp Act by Parliament in the spring of 1766, and the easing of tensions that followed in the next two years, until the arrival of British troops at Boston, Adams put politics aside to concentrate on earning a living.

In fact, she was as sick as she had ever been and it was with difficulty that Adams was able to concentrate on anything else.

Bill, Adler and I concentrated on Dorman and Morelli and kept track of every move they made.

Drizzt, whatever his wounds, did not even cry out but moved back into position and started concentrating allover again.

He found it hard to concentrate with the amphisbaena shifting in and out of the travertine couch.

Now, with her promotion, she could concentrate more on hard news, which was more compatible with her immediate goal of becoming an evening anchorperson either here in Dallas or in some other major market, which she hoped would be a stepping-stone to a network position or a cable job that provided nationwide exposure.

Hard and sweaty, he lay with his hands locked under his head, staring at the ceiling and forcing himself to concentrate on the mystery of where Jessica Adams, anchorwoman superstar and closet porn watcher, could be.

And deliberately he concentrated on the antiestablishment, kill-the-Man rhetoric on the radio.

Light Horse regiments were called upon to take a position known as The Nek, a ridge about fifty yards wide at the Anzac front line and thirty yards or so at the Turkish trenches, so that any bayonet charge from our lines would have the effect of forcing troops into a bottleneck, concentrating their numbers for the Turkish machine guns and rifles.

That way they make the Args concentrate their search forces up there in the wrong place.

Be that as it may, they both concentrated on rust-red asters until there were no more left in the buckets.

She had the feeling if he were standing behind her, it would be exceedingly difficult for her to concentrate on the astrometrics display.

The first is a series of autocatalytic chemical reactions concentrated within tiny vesicles whose skins are self-organizing lipid bilayers.

The camera moved on, its autofocusing lens now concentrating on the back wall of the room.