Meaning of CENTRAL in English

/ ˈsentrəl; NAmE / adjective


most important :

The central issue is that of widespread racism.

She has been a central figure in the campaign.

Prevention also plays a central role in traditional medicine.

Reducing inflation is central to (= is an important part of) the government's economic policy.

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having power or control over other parts :

the central committee (= of a political party)

The organization has a central office in York.


in the centre of an area or object :

central London

Central America / Europe / Asia

the central area of the brain


easily reached from many areas :

The flat is very central—just five minutes from Princes Street.

a central location


( phonetics ) ( of a vowel ) produced with the centre of the tongue in a higher position than the front or the back, for example /ɜ:/ in bird

—compare back , front

►  cen·tral·ity / senˈtræləti; NAmE / noun [ U ] ( formal ):

the centrality of the family as a social institution

►  cen·tral·ly / ˈsentrəli; NAmE / adverb :

The hotel is centrally located for all major attractions.

a centrally planned economy

Is the house centrally heated (= does it have central heating) ?



mid 17th cent.: from French , or from Latin centralis , from centrum , from Greek kentron sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses, related to kentein to prick.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.