Meaning of CONCRETE in English


I. con ‧ crete 1 /ˈkɒŋkriːt $ kɑːnˈkriːt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: concretus , past participle of concrescere 'to grow together' , from com- ( ⇨ COM- ) + crescere 'to grow' ]

1 . made of concrete:

a concrete floor

2 . definite and specific ⇨ abstract :

What does that mean in concrete terms?

the lack of any concrete evidence

a dialogue about concrete issues and problems

—concretely adverb

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ nouns

▪ concrete evidence

First, the police must have concrete evidence of an offence.

▪ a concrete example

I can illustrate this point with a concrete example.

▪ a concrete proposal

People talked a lot but made few concrete proposals.

▪ concrete results

The negotiations failed to achieve any concrete results.

▪ concrete action

In order to solve this problem, the government must take concrete action.

▪ (a) concrete form

A society's culture is expressed in a concrete form in the arts.

■ phrases

▪ in concrete terms

Let me explain what I mean in more concrete terms.

▪ take concrete steps to do something

The country has to take concrete steps to end the violence.

II. con ‧ crete 2 /ˈkɒŋkriːt $ ˈkɑːŋ-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

a substance used for building that is made by mixing sand, small stones, ↑ cement , and water

III. con ‧ crete 3 /ˈkɒŋkriːt $ ˈkɑːŋ-/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

to cover something such as a path, wall etc with concrete

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