Meaning of CONCRETE in English


I. (ˌ)kän-ˈkrēt, ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin concretus, from past participle of concrescere

Date: 14th century

1. : naming a real thing or class of things

the word poem is concrete , poetry is abstract

2. : formed by coalition of particles into one solid mass


a. : characterized by or belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

b. : specific , particular

a concrete proposal

c. : real , tangible

concrete evidence

4. : relating to or made of concrete

a concrete wall

• con·crete·ly adverb

• con·crete·ness noun

II. ˈkän-ˌkrēt, kän-ˈ verb

( con·cret·ed ; con·cret·ing )

Date: 1590

transitive verb


a. : to form into a solid mass : solidify

b. : combine , blend

2. : to make actual or real : cause to take on the qualities of reality

3. : to cover with, form of, or set in concrete

intransitive verb

: to become concreted

III. ˈkän-ˌkrēt, (ˌ)kän-ˈ noun

Date: 1656

1. : a mass formed by concretion or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body

2. : a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (as portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass

3. : a waxy essence of flowers prepared by extraction and evaporation and used in perfumery

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