Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun center

18 senses of center

Sense 1
center, centre, middle, heart, eye -- (an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm")
       => area, country -- (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country")

Sense 2
center field, centerfield, center -- (the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center")
       => tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel -- (an extended area of land)

Sense 3
center, centre -- (a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research")
       => building, edifice -- (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice")

Sense 4
center, centre, midpoint -- (a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure)
       => point -- (the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street")

Sense 5
kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty -- (the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story")
       => content, cognitive content, mental object -- (the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned)

Sense 6
center, centre, center of attention, centre of attention -- (the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party")
       => object -- (the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection")

Sense 7
center, centre, nerve center, nerve centre -- (a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere")
       => neural structure -- (a structure that is part of the nervous system)

Sense 8
center -- (the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center")
       => formation -- (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes")

Sense 9
center -- ((basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team)
       => basketball player, basketeer, cager -- (an athlete who plays basketball)

Sense 10
center, snapper -- ((football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff")
       => lineman -- (one of the players on the line of scrimmage)

Sense 11
center, centre -- (a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers")
       => place, property -- (any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House")

Sense 12
center -- (politically moderate persons; centrists)
       => class, stratum, social class, socio-economic class -- (people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class")

Sense 13
center -- ((ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team)
       => hockey player, ice-hockey player -- (an athlete who plays hockey)

Sense 14
center, centre -- (the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering)
       => sweet, confection -- (a food rich in sugar)

Sense 15
plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre -- (mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls")
       => mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet, outlet -- (a place of business for retailing goods)

Sense 16
center -- (the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game)
       => position -- ((in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?")

Sense 17
center -- ((American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; "it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback")
       => lineman -- ((American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage)

Sense 18
center -- (a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game)
       => position -- ((in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb center

3 senses of center

Sense 1
focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, center -- (center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work")
       => refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with -- (be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments")

Sense 2
concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet -- (direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies")
       => think, cogitate, cerebrate -- (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere")

Sense 3
center, centre -- (move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")
          Phrasal Verb-> center on#1

Antonyms of adj center

2 senses of center

Sense 1
center (prenominal), halfway, middle (prenominal), midway -- (equally distant from the extremes)

INDIRECT (VIA central) -> peripheral -- (on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area; "Russia's peripheral provinces"; "peripheral suburbs")

Sense 2
center (vs. right) (vs. left) -- (of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually)

right (vs. left) (vs. center) -- (of or belonging to the political or intellectual right)
        => conservative -- (having social or political views favoring conservatism)
        => oldline, old-line -- (adhering to conservative or reactionary principles; "an oldline senator")
        => reactionary, reactionist, far-right -- (extremely conservative)
        => rightish -- (tending toward the political right)
        => rightist, right-wing -- (believing in or supporting tenets of the political right)
left (vs. center) (vs. right) -- (of or belonging to the political or intellectual left)
        => far left -- (radical or extremely liberal)
        => leftish -- (tending toward the political left)
        => leftist, left-of-center, left-wing -- (believing in or supporting tenets of the political left)
        => liberal -- (having political or social views favoring reform and progress)

Similarity of adj center

2 senses of center

Sense 1
center (prenominal), halfway, middle (prenominal), midway -- (equally distant from the extremes)
       => central (vs. peripheral) -- (in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position")

Sense 2
center (vs. right) (vs. left) -- (of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually)
       => centrist, middle-of-the-road -- (supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative)

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