Synonyms for center


1. center, centre, middle, heart, eye, area, country
usage: an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
2. center field, centerfield, center, tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel
usage: the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
3. center, centre, building, edifice
usage: a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
4. center, centre, midpoint, point
usage: a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
5. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty, content, cognitive content, mental object
usage: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
6. center, centre, center of attention, centre of attention, object
usage: the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
7. center, centre, nerve center, nerve centre, neural structure
usage: a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
8. center, formation
usage: the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
9. center, basketball player, basketeer, cager
usage: (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
10. center, snapper, lineman
usage: (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
11. center, centre, place, property
usage: a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
12. center, class, stratum, social class, socio-economic class
usage: politically moderate persons; centrists
13. center, hockey player, ice-hockey player
usage: (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
14. center, centre, sweet, confection
usage: the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
15. plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre, mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet, outlet
usage: mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
16. center, position
usage: the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
17. center, lineman
usage: (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; "it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"
18. center, position
usage: a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game


1. focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, center, refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with
usage: center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
2. concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet, think, cogitate, cerebrate
usage: direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
3. center, centre, move, displace
usage: move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"


1. center(prenominal), halfway, middle(prenominal), midway, central (vs. peripheral)
usage: equally distant from the extremes
2. center (vs. right) (vs. left), centrist, middle-of-the-road
usage: of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
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