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verb concentrate pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒns(ə)nˌtreɪt/
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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 film 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.
    The population is concentrated along the river banks.



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