Meaning of CENTRE in English

CENTRE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a community centre British English , community center American English (= where people can go for social events, classes etc )

A community centre is the ideal place for local residents to get together to discuss crime prevention.

a conference centre (= a building or group of buildings used for conferences )

a craft centre British English , a craft center American English (= building where you can see different crafts and buy things )

a garden centre British English , a garden center American English (= a shop selling plants and things for the garden )

I bought the plants at the garden centre.

a leisure centre/complex (= a place where you can play sports etc )

The local leisure centre has a swimming pool and a sauna.

a resort town/area/centre

They're only a five minute stroll away from the main resort centre with all its bars, restaurants and nightlife.

a tourist destination/centre/spot

Egypt became a popular tourist destination in the nineteenth century.

a weather centre British English , a weather bureau American English (= a place where information about the weather is collected and where reports are produced )

The London Weather Centre has issued a warning that there could be extremely heavy rain and high winds over the next 24 hours.

an advice centre/service/desk/bureau

They offer a 24-hour advice service to customers.

an exhibition centre British English , an exhibition center American English (= a large building for holding exhibitions )

The exhibition will be held in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

be at the centre of a scandal British English , be at the center of a scandal American English

The banker at the centre of the scandal has disappeared.

be at the centre of a storm British English , be at the center of a storm American English (= be the person or thing that is causing strong protest, criticism etc )

He has been at the centre of a storm surrounding donations to the party.

call centre

centre forward

centre of gravity

city centre

civic centre

community centre

correctional facility/institution/centre (= a prison )

day care centre/services/facilities

subsidized day care facilities

day centre

a local day centre for homeless people

detention centre

ExCeL Exhibition Centre, the

garden centre

health centre

information centre

job centre

leisure centre

nerve centre

the ship’s nerve center

reception centre

remand centre

shopping centre

sports centre

the centre of a controversy

The idea became the centre of a bitter controversy.

the centre of town/the town centre British English , the center of town/the town center American English

The hotel was right in the center of town.

the centre of town/the town centre British English , the center of town/the town center American English

The hotel was right in the center of town.

the city centre British English , the city center American English

The hotel is in the city centre.

the middle/centre ground (= opinions that are not extreme that most people would agree with )

Both parties are battling to occupy the centre ground .

Careful, Laura. You could be treading on dangerous ground expressing opinions etc that might offend someone .

Each side was unwilling to give ground change their opinion .

town centre

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

commercial

Portree has long been the commercial centre of the Isle of Skye.

Yet a one man business for immigrants in the commercial centre of the city was an anachronism.

Twenty years ago London Road was a busy, thriving commercial centre thronged with shoppers.

Over the next few hundred years, Tewkesbury remained a busy commercial centre , often ranked only second to Gloucester.

The church dominates the commercial centre with its clock tower visible from the housing developments on the outskirts.

It is renowned as a business and commercial centre .

Things could get especially complicated in Kano, the north's biggest commercial centre .

Birmingham is less attractive because it has remained the commercial centre of the Midlands.

cultural

It's a tourist and cultural centre as well as a centre for violence.

The bus station was similarly desolate, while the cinema, cultural centre , public baths and a hospital have closed.

The builders are not using any nails in the construction, in an effort to build an authentic cultural centre .

And from the affluence they have brought has come Winterthur's other fame as a cultural centre .

But, what is there for the art enthusiast in this cultural centre ?

In the later Middle Ages, Prague was an important merchant city and cultural centre .

It is also a significant conference and cultural centre .

financial

The Corporation, which controls London's financial centre , wants to cut back on free parking bays.

Fears that London's reputation as the world's leading financial centre has been permanently damaged are considered to be exaggerated.

For example, Frankfurt could pose a real challenge to London as a financial centre for the futures markets.

The billion-dollar question was whether a devaluation of the dollar would jeopardize New York's position as a financial centre .

It is about time that we started to realise that the financial centre of London is not the key to our success.

People feared that turning the City into Fort Knox would damage its attraction as a financial centre .

The financial centre Bank is the finest architectural arena in the City.

In the early 1980s a greater number of Arab banks was represented in London than in any Arab capital or financial centre .

local

A local shows centre , Duckhurst Farm, holds clear round jumping on Saturday afternoons.

Nigel also took up aerobics at his local sports centre .

Some years back, when he had a young family, Lewry joined his local National Trust centre .

I recently saw them at my local garden centre .

If you feel energetic, you could join exercise classes at your local sports centre , village hall or other venue.

A local volunteer centre or Age Concern group should be able to match up talents with projects that need them.

Nice - at a price Our local garden centre stocks Sterlets.

Then the local centre for the handicapped lent them a wheelchair, so they were able to get out and about.

major

The First World War saw enormous advances in flight technology, and Glasgow was a major centre for aircraft production.

Later, Valencia came to dominate as the major lustreware centre .

Now it is a major shopping centre and a centre for professional services and newspaper printing.

It was also a major tourist centre .

Edo itself also acted as a major centre of commercial activity.

There were visits to London Docklands, a major bank training centre and all the main City institutions.

The area has always been a major centre for the narcotics trade.

Kharkov was a major centre for metallurgy, chemical, and machine-building plants.

new

The new centre will offer a range of pupil activities and will be available to schools throughout the country.

Where new road patterns or a new shopping centre affect trade, appeal.

One bright spot will be a new materials research centre at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California.

Read in studio Campaigners against a new detention centre for the immigration service have held a torchlight protest.

Ossett today demonstrates that sturdy individuality in an increasing variety of businesses and services as well as their new centre of Wellgate.

They want to prevent the opening of a new detention centre at Campsfield House in Kidlington.

Vladimir After the decline of Kiev, a new centre of power and influence was slowly established in the region of Moscow.

Macmillan College expects to open its new leisure centre for school and community use in June.

■ NOUN

business

Forty minutes later I parked outside a slate-grey office block in the business centre .

Obviously this was not conclusive, L A is a pretty vital business centre , you would expect millionaires to congregate there.

A government report concluded in 1986 that we must move beyond being a production base, to being an international business centre .

Businessmen outlined their views on future government policies when two General Election candidates visited the Belasis business centre , Billingham.

The redundant building was advertised as a potential business centre , equipped with offices and laboratory space.

care

And an information day is being planned for anyone wanting to learn more about the day care centre appeal.

Linked with the day care centre this service provides specialist home support for carers and suffers. ii Crossroads care Attendant Schemes.

The day care centre can often be the link to other agencies when special needs are identified.

Each petty sessions area has an allocated care centre to which cases may be transferred if the relevant criteria are met.

In certain circumstances public law proceedings may be commenced in a county court care centre .

It will also include retail and leisure units, community facilities and a health care centre .

He remembered the maternity unit - long closed, the day care centre and the wards, all with their characteristics.

city

At the city centre slid out of the skin and moved away thought the dense crowds.

Hotel am Thielenplatz A modern hotel situated right in the city centre and only 300 metres walk from the railway station.

Budapest is to ban all cars with two-stoke engines from the city centre unless they are fitted with a catalytic converter.

His farm is about eight miles from Bradford city centre .

At times, his music has the fragmented feel of a late-night stroll through a busy city centre !

He had returned for lunch from his office in the city centre .

Voice over Bob Peckham has been juggling for 12 years he regularly entertains shoppers in Oxford city centre .

This option would cost £85 million, or if the trains were put in tunnels through the city centre , £105 million.

conference

Meanwhile, Unix System Labs has negotiated a Unix showcase area squat at the front door of the conference centre .

But the playroom is to be absorbed into the retreat and conference centre next year.

Ideally situated close to the town and conference centre , on the Brighton border and just off the seafront.

Around the conference centre , the party rocks on with blithe disregard for the economic and political turbulence beyond.

The conference centre contained one of the main entrances to the bunker.

Size of conference centre 194 points 4.

Located in a perfect position close to the seafront, entertainment, town centre and conference centre.

They are just as important though as what goes on in the main body of the conference centre .

day

At the time we saw her, Jean was living in a hostel in North London and attending a psychiatric day centre .

These included parents, under-fives workers, specialist workers, children's day centre organisers and playgroups organisers.

Some proposals include provision of a day centre and respite care.

Their main line of support is through the day centre manager.

The day centre manager is totally responsible for the day to day management of the centre including transport, meals etc.

Review day centre availability across Lothian.

Staff and parents need to be strongly motivated to seek an integrated placement in a children's day centre or nursery school.

detention

Read in studio A new detention centre for immigrants has taken delivery of its first inmates, despite protests from local people.

The judge gave Abraham a seven-year sentence in a juvenile detention centre , after which he will be released.

So they put me in a detention centre for six months.

Then again you may be taken from the detention centre to Pentonville Prison and locked up there if you complain.

Read in studio Campaigners against a new detention centre for the immigration service have held a torchlight protest.

It's planned to turn part of the site into a detention centre for the immigration service.

Campsfield will house 200 people making it the biggest detention centre for immigrants in the country.

They want to prevent the opening of a new detention centre at Campsfield House in Kidlington.

garden

A new garden centre has opened which specialises in plants which can't be bought anywhere else.

Eventually it blossomed into a garden centre .

Next step you would think is to go to the garden centre and look for holly bushes with boy and girl names?

I recently saw them at my local garden centre .

Although they always look so tempting on the garden centre shelf, they are known to be very hard to please.

Locally, fleece may be available from your garden centre but do check the quality and price before buying.

In fact garden centre granite would do, and is very cheap.

From a busy garden centre , the company supplies roses, shrubs, trees and bedding plants, all at competitive prices.

health

Adolescents, men, the homeless, and people with sexually transmitted diseases may not feel comfortable in a health centre .

A community psychiatry system was adopted which had the mental health centre at the middle.

The district nurse is attached to the general practitioner surgery or health centre .

The old police station is now the health centre with four doctors and several community nurses.

That health centre job must really pay.

The cash has bought medical equipment which will be presented tomorrow in Mr Horne's name to the town's health centre .

information

In other words, a topic is included if there is an information centre , source or service covering it.

A tree lined avenue leads to Minehead's shopping centre and the district's main tourist information centre.

Nearby, the National Trust has an information centre , and there is a camping site.

Follow the road back to the Forestry information centre at Glenmoret.

When you reach the main road at the information centre , turn right for the car park.

The town hall is set to reopen next year and will include a tourist information centre , library and concert room.

Centre safe: Cleveland County Council has safeguarded the future of the county's busiest tourist information centre for the next year.

The Stock Exchange is an information centre .

leisure

Local Activities: walks, golf, fishing, leisure centre .

Joanna suddenly wandered into the leisure centre 36 hours later.

A new hotel and leisure centre .

To sum up, Kitzbuhel is a major year round sporting and leisure centre and as such offers every facility.

Joanna, 25, walked into the leisure centre where she works at 7am yesterday after vanishing on Tuesday.

Charity dip: Hundreds of swimmers raised more than £1,000 for Cleveland charities in a superswim at Eston leisure centre .

The client is also understood to be working up proposals for the final phase of the project to build a leisure centre .

research

Later he set up his own research centre , the Glynn Research Laboratories in Cornwall.

Forty years ago the Theatre Collection was founded as a research centre for staff and students in the Drama Department.

In addition to stimulating specific projects, a research centre for solar energy is due to be established.

Diana opened the first research centre that treated patients.

According to the tour guides, the place is a working research centre .

Now she has joined the Breakthrough fundraising drive to build a research centre in London.

There is a fibres research centre at Gloucester plus two development centres - one for textile applications and one for carpets.

The research centre provides specialist coursework, in parallel with that provided Faculty-wide on research method and design.

resource

The number of people in the catchment area of the resource centre who now seek residential care has dropped dramatically.

The Centre maintains a documentary resources centre and has recently set up a national ethnic minority statistical database.

The learning resources centre serves teachers and learners alike.

Also historical resource centre and family history department.

The Institute offers facilities for computer-assisted learning, as well as a self-access centre , library and teachers' resource centre.

There will also be an Internet resource centre for analytical scientists.

shopping

One new shopping centre planned for Budapest would increase traffic in and out the city by an estimated 20,000 cars a day.

The private developers have pursued the investment route with regard to the shopping centre , and to smaller sector shopping centres on particular estates.

I ended up dining in a Pizza Hut in the basement of the shopping centre , the only customer in the place.

Where new road patterns or a new shopping centre affect trade, appeal.

Houseman's Shropshire that was once visible from Telford's shopping centre has been very carefully and skilfully gnawed away.

During our stay in Leeds we visited: The county Arcade shopping centre .

Six others were found and made safe after a nineteen hour search of the shopping centre .

stage

By day, the Pirates Club takes centre stage with games, activities and competitions - even the parents join in!

After years in the doldrums, Opec has grabbed centre stage once more.

The debate about who should pay what tax in the underdeveloped world has moved centre stage .

One particularly macabre statue of Saint Sebastian, arrows poking out of every limb, was given centre stage .

As she says herself, this is one lady born to be centre stage .

What measures of success might there be if the goal of changing client behaviour in some way is no longer centre stage ?

Management development therefore moves centre stage , and this is for two reasons.

town

Alan Model, 35, made the illegal stop in a town centre as he popped into a shop.

Read in studio Women are being warned not to walk alone at night after two attacks in Swindon town centre .

It is conveniently situated close to the town centre and the sea, which can be seen from several of the rooms.

Claims that people would be put off travelling to the town centre because of lack of parking were dismissed.

The town centre is within easy reach - approximately a six minute walk away.

Tories fail to halt pedestrian plan A last-ditch attempt to delay the introduction of pedestrianisation in Darlington town centre was defeated.

Dates set for town centre traffic ban Darlington's town centre traffic ban comes into force on March 29.

Casino: The casino in the town centre is open in July and August.

training

Other facilities will include an educational resource and training centre .

They have tree planting campaigns and regular fundraising for another building to be built on the grounds of the training centre .

Read in studio Children with Cerebral Palsy could soon lose the training centre that helps them to overcome their handicap.

Interested parties should contact the training centre for details.

It offers a nine-month workshop in print, radio and television journalism to graduates at its training centre in Brussels.

There were visits to London Docklands, a major bank training centre and all the main City institutions.

■ VERB

build

Castlemore is still working up proposals for the final phase of the scheme, which involves building a leisure centre .

The client is also understood to be working up proposals for the final phase of the project to build a leisure centre .

Now she has joined the Breakthrough fundraising drive to build a research centre in London.

At night, indeed, it became quite chilly and a fire had to be built in the centre of the hall.

Laing built the original centre 10 years ago and is odds-on to carry out the work if the scheme gets the nod.

The builders are not using any nails in the construction, in an effort to build an authentic cultural centre .

The city will purchase the property if not already owned by the city, and build a community centre .

But by that time a grand station had already been built in the centre of Alexandria.

occupy

Control of the money supply should occupy centre stage in the conduct of macroeconomic policy.

The prime mover of all generation is said to be the goddess Necessity, who occupies the centre of the universe.

Art occupies the centre from which nature is now absent.

They appear to occupy the centre of the stage, but in what guise?

The most important other piece is an upper torso of Athena, who occupied the centre of the gable.

It didn't occupy the centre of the room, however.

open

Although managers have drawn up a list of personalities who could be invited to open the centre , identities were not revealed.

Liz and Carol decided to open a day-care centre on a 50150 partnership basis.

The Forestry Commission has opened a plant centre selling cuttings from its rare flora.

Meanwhile, the firm has opened a technology engineering centre in Kanagawa Science Park, Tokyo.

Diana opened the first research centre that treated patients.

Last year Intel opened a design centre and started to make a new line of microprocessors in Penang.

And, following the current fashion, Informix has also opened a software development centre in Dublin, Ireland.

shop

The pair abducted the two-year-old from a Merseyside shopping centre in 1993.

The firm is in negotiations with the client over the proposed Centrale shopping and leisure centre in Tamworth Road.

In one city, contaminated waste was dumped next to a shopping centre .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be the centre of sb's universe

centre of population/population centre

centre stage

As she says herself, this is one lady born to be centre stage .

By day, the Pirates Club takes centre stage with games, activities and competitions - even the parents join in!

Control of the money supply should occupy centre stage in the conduct of macroeconomic policy.

Cram wallflowers into containers now to be moved to centre stage in late spring.

I think the founding father saw to it that no-one else shared centre stage .

There is a pretty young girl centre stage and a vengeful older woman in the wings.

This was Abba's tour de force, a brilliantly structured melodrama which put Faltskog's fragile, emotional vocal centre stage .

double-page spread/centre spread

lie at the heart/centre/root of sth

As we shall find, this distinction lies at the root of Anselm's movements in his last years as archbishop.

Basic compassion, not just for the old but for the younger generation too, lies at the heart of this idea.

That is the issue which lies at the heart of Mr. Thorpe's case.

That question appears to lie at the heart of the highly publicized battle raging between Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc.

That view lies at the root of a government drive against the racist right.

The creation of a modernised democracy therefore lies at the heart of all our proposals.

They overlook the human ability to negate, which lies at the root of thinking.

We found that two key resource uses and two basic technologies lay at the root of lunar industry.

right, left, and centre

top left/right/centre

A slightly larger percentage of pairs of brooches were more abraded on the top right than the top left corner.

Here we want the Series in a column so check Columns in the box at the top left.

The completed board is shown top left.

The dark area in the top right is deep, clear water.

The file was a standard office file with a Prior, Keen, Baldwin label stuck in the top right corner.

The majority of single brooches examined were found to be more abraded on the top left corner than the top right.

The plane again runs roughly from top left to bottom right.

Using a tapestry needle threaded with the embroidery colour, begin at the top right of the motif.

walk-in business/clinic/centre etc

The walk-in centre is the result of two years' struggle by an international group of scientists to realise an ideal.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A bomb has exploded in the crowded business district in the centre of the old city.

a charming little town with an unspoiled medieval centre

I work in the centre of London, so I can easily go shopping after work.

She's gone into the town centre to do some shopping.

The flower has white petals, and is deep pink at the centre .

The women all wore a red dot right in the centre of their foreheads.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All the real understanding of the Universe accumulated by Esotericism throughout the ages has come to man via the higher mental centre .

As the eggs sink to the bottom they are guided towards the centre , where the aeration sweeps them upwards again.

For example, the Kornhaus, a former granary in Kronengasse, which is now principally a young people's centre .

In one feeding centre the room for the dead had become a Koranic school for young children.

In the early hours of Jan. 13 troops from the local Red Army garrison stormed the Vilnius television centre .

It was converted into a monitoring centre with numerous listening consoles and bays of multi-track tape recorders.

On August 29, Manuel Indiano Azaustre, 29, was shot dead in the town centre .

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

attention

He centred his attention on the sovereignty of Parliament, the conventions of the constitution, and the rule of law.

discussion

The discussion centred around the flexibility clause which is unlikely to be removed.

Most of the discussions above have centred upon specific factors particular to Britain.

A great deal of scholarly discussion has centred on the linguistic status of the word.

Following the 1908 Act discussion centred on whether thrift could be encouraged in any way that would not be inherently counter-productive.

The main discussion and disagreements have centred around the appropriate policy for dealing with mergers.

issue

The endless debate that centred on the issue at the time was sometimes naive, or ambiguous, or even dangerous.

The most contentious debate had centred on the issue of religious education.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be the centre of sb's universe

centre of population/population centre

centre stage

As she says herself, this is one lady born to be centre stage .

By day, the Pirates Club takes centre stage with games, activities and competitions - even the parents join in!

Control of the money supply should occupy centre stage in the conduct of macroeconomic policy.

Cram wallflowers into containers now to be moved to centre stage in late spring.

I think the founding father saw to it that no-one else shared centre stage .

There is a pretty young girl centre stage and a vengeful older woman in the wings.

This was Abba's tour de force, a brilliantly structured melodrama which put Faltskog's fragile, emotional vocal centre stage .

double-page spread/centre spread

right, left, and centre

top left/right/centre

A slightly larger percentage of pairs of brooches were more abraded on the top right than the top left corner.

Here we want the Series in a column so check Columns in the box at the top left.

The completed board is shown top left.

The dark area in the top right is deep, clear water.

The file was a standard office file with a Prior, Keen, Baldwin label stuck in the top right corner.

The majority of single brooches examined were found to be more abraded on the top left corner than the top right.

The plane again runs roughly from top left to bottom right.

Using a tapestry needle threaded with the embroidery colour, begin at the top right of the motif.

walk-in business/clinic/centre etc

The walk-in centre is the result of two years' struggle by an international group of scientists to realise an ideal.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Control has often centred on powerful organochlorine pesticides, which kill the locusts but can then damage the environment.

Discussion centred on the replenishment of the Bank's capital resources.

Everything centred around St Leonard's.

It centres on the collection of pus in areas of muscle.

Work was centred upon the tabulation of entities.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.