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adjective central pronunciation in American English /ˈsentrəl/
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  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

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

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

    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.

  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.

    1. a.
      something that is central is extremely important, and often causes something else to happen or develop
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 central pronunciation in American English /senˈtrælɪti/ noun [uncountable]


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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