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noun centre pronunciation in British English /ˈsentə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the middle of a space or area

    the centre of the room

    the exact/very centre:

    Libourne is at the very centre of the wine-making region.

    1. a.
      maths the point that is in the middle of a circle or sphere (=a shape like a ball)
  2. 2
    [countable] British the part of a town or city that contains most of the shops, restaurants, and places of entertainment

    We caught a bus into the centre.

    centre of:

    a hotel close to the centre of Edinburgh

    city/town centre:

    Follow the signs to the town centre.

    city centre shops

  3. 3
    [countable] a building or group of buildings where people go for advice, help, or information: used with many nouns and adjectives

    a health/job centre

    You should contact the visitor centre before you go.

    1. a.
      a building or group of buildings where people go to do a particular activity

      a sports/shopping centre

      an adult education centre

      She runs a conference centre in Dover.

  4. 4
    [countable] an important place for a particular activity

    attempts to make Prague a cultural centre

    one of the world’s most important financial centres

    centre of:

    the greatest centre of learning in northern Europe

    centre for:

    The town is a major centre for the American book publishing trade.

    1. a.
      a place where there is a lot of something
      centre of:

      people who live in the main centres of population

  5. 5
    [countable] a player in some team sports whose position is in the middle of the line of attacking players
  6. 6
    [countable] [usually singular] the main subject or cause of something
    centre of:

    an issue that has been the centre of debate in this country recently

    centre of attention:

    He’s very shy and hates being the centre of attention.

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  7. 7

    the centre

    a political party, group of parties, or position that is not extreme because it is neither left-wing nor right-wing

    an attempt to make the Labour Party a party of the centre


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