Meaning of CENTRE in English

CENTRE

( BrE ) ( AmE center ) noun

1 middle point/part of sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ dead , exact , true , very

We've bought an apartment in the very ~ of São Paulo.

▪ city , town (both esp. BrE )

▪ soft

chocolates with soft ~s

PREPOSITION

▪ at the ~ (of)

at the ~ of the universe

▪ in the ~ (of)

a museum in the ~ of Cairo

PHRASES

▪ the ~ of the city ( esp. BrE ), the ~ of (the) town ( esp. BrE )

2 important place for sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ important , leading , main , major , nerve ( figurative )

the economic nerve ~ of India

▪ international , local , national , regional , world

▪ commercial , cultural , economic , financial , industrial , trading , urban

Tokyo is one of the main financial ~s of the world.

▪ population , power

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ for

The university is a major ~ for scientific research.

PHRASES

▪ a ~ of excellence (= a place where a particular kind of work is done well)

▪ a ~ of government , a ~ of population , a ~ of power

3 the centre/center moderate political position

CENTRE/CENTER + NOUN

▪ party

▪ ground ( BrE )

a party that occupies the ~ ground of national politics

PHRASES

▪ left of ~ , right of ~

Politically, she is considered to be slightly left of ~.

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .