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noun centre pronunciation in British English /ˈsentə(r)/ 
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singularcentre
pluralcentres
  1. 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

  2. 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

    the local Tourist Information Centre

    the National Exhibition 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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