central Definition

  • 1in or near the center; of chief importance; fundamental
  • 2relating to the main part of a country or region, away from the coast

Using central: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "central" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The central idea of the book is that love conquers all.

  • Example

    The central heating system needs to be fixed.

  • Example

    The city is located in the central part of the country.

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    The central government has imposed new taxes.

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Idioms Using central

  • of great importance to something


    Effective communication is central to building a successful team.

  • hit the bull's-eye in the central target

    to achieve exactly what was intended


    The marketing campaign hit the bull's-eye in the central target, resulting in a significant increase in sales.

  • central casting

    a term used to describe someone or something that perfectly fits a stereotype or archetype


    He looks like he came straight out of central casting for a cowboy movie.

Phrases with central

  • the complex of nerve tissues that controls the activities of the body


    The disease affects the central nervous system.

  • the part of a computer in which operations are controlled and executed


    The CPU is the brain of the computer.

  • a financial institution that manages a country's monetary policy and regulates its money supply


    The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States.

Origins of central

from Latin 'centralis', meaning 'of or pertaining to a center'


Summary: central in Brief

The term 'central' [ˈsɛntrəl] refers to something located in or near the center, or of chief importance. It can describe the main part of a country or region, as in 'The city is located in the central part of the country.' 'Central' extends into phrases like 'central nervous system,' and idioms like 'central casting,' denoting a perfect fit for a stereotype or archetype.

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