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verb concentrate pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnsənˌtreɪt/
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present tense
present participleconcentrating
past tenseconcentrated
past participleconcentrated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to give all your attention to the thing you are doing

    I was sleeping badly and finding it hard to concentrate.

    concentrate on:

    Stop talking and concentrate on your work.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to give most of your attention to one aim or activity
      concentrate on:

      Luke wants to concentrate on his movie career.

      concentrate your efforts/attention on something:

      You should concentrate your efforts on passing these exams.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] if something is concentrated in an area, that is where it mainly exists

    The violence was concentrated mostly in the north.

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