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noun     center pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the middle of a space or area

    in the center of the room

    1. a.
      the point that is in the exact middle of a circle or sphere (=a shape like a ball)
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5
    [countable] a player in football whose position is in the middle of the offensive line
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