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

    They live in central London.

    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 shops, theatres etc

      My flat 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 US 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.

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