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noun center pronunciation in American English /ˈsentər/
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  1. 2
    [countable] a building, group of buildings, or area where a particular activity is performed
    a conference/arts center: the conference center
    1. a.
      an important place for a particular activity
      one of the great financial centers of Europe
      The founding of the university was important in making Prague a cultural center.
      a center of something: the greatest center of learning and the arts in Japan
      a center for something: The town is a major center for the insurance industry.
  2. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] the person or thing that people pay a lot of attention to or show a lot of interest in
    center of attention: He was very shy and hated being the center of attention.
  3. 4

    the center

    a political party, group of parties, or position that is not extreme because of being neither left-wing nor right-wing
    Clinton helped move the Democratic party to the political center.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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