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adjective central pronunciation in American English /ˈsentrəl/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] the central part of a place is the area in the middle of it

    They live in central Boston.

    some regions of central and eastern Asia

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    1. a.
      [only before noun] a central place is in the middle of something

      The hotel's rooms are built around a central courtyard.

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    2. b.
      used for saying that something is in the middle of an area, so it is very convenient for using stores, theaters, etc.

      My apartment is very central.

      a central location:

      All hotels have been specially selected for their central location.

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  2. 2
    a central idea, aspect, system, etc. is one of the main ones that is used or needed

    He played a central role in the development of U.S. economic policy.

    a central feature:

    Political life has changed since broadcasting became a central feature of our lives.

    central to:

    Her work remains central to an understanding of this period of history.

    central in:

    issues that are central in the lives of women prisoners

    of central importance (=very important):

    Listening skills are of central importance to a child's development.

  3. 3
    [only before noun] central control comes from one main organization that usually tells a lot of smaller organizations what they should do

    The system is subject to massive and increasing central control.

    1. b.
      used in the names of organizations

      the Central Intelligence Agency

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centrality

 central pronunciation in American English /senˈtrælɪti/  noun [uncountable]
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