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central

  
1       adj   Something that is central is in the middle of a place or area.  
...Central America's Caribbean coast..., ...a rich woman living in central London.     
  centrally      adv   ADV -ed, ADV after v  
The main cabin has its full-sized double bed centrally placed with plenty of room around it.     
2       adj   A place that is central is easy to reach because it is in the centre of a city, town, or particular area.  
...a central location in the capital.     
  centrally      adv   ADV -ed, ADV after v  
...this centrally located hotel, situated on the banks of the Marne Canal.     
3       adj   A central group or organization makes all the important decisions that are followed throughout a larger organization or a country.  
ADJ n  
There is a lack of trust towards the central government in Rome., ...the central committee of the Cuban communist party.     
  centrally      adv   ADV -ed, ADV after v  
This is a centrally planned economy.     
4       adj   The central person or thing in a particular situation is the most important one.  
oft ADJ to n  
Black dance music has been central to mainstream pop since the early '60s., ...a central part of their culture.     
  centrality      n-uncount   usu N of n  
The centrality of the German economy to the welfare of Europe must be recognised.     
  centrally      adv   ADV with cl/group, ADV after v  
In her memoirs Naomi is quick to acknowledge that her grandmother was centrally important in her venture as a writer.     


central heating     
Central heating is a heating system for buildings. Air or water is heated in one place and travels round a building through pipes and radiators.      n-uncount  
central nervous system        ( central nervous systems    plural  ) Your central nervous system is the part of your nervous system that consists of the brain and spinal cord.      n-count  
central reservation        ( central reservations    plural  ) The central reservation is the strip of ground, often covered with grass, that separates the two sides of a major road.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use median , median strip     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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n.
a very creative person; someone who is always able to come up with fresh ideas
[Bus.]
v.
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
"I just realised how important is that trip for you."
n.
the most important or central part of something
[US] The core of the book focuses on the period between 1660 and 1857.
adv.
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
n.
unconventional monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the national economy when conventional monetary policy has become ineffective.
exp.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
n.
process of creating ideas ; creation of ideas
exp.
share ideas based on a similar experience
[Fig.] E.g.: They were both going through a divorce, so they met to compare notes.
n.
a set of ideas, rules, or beliefs from which something is developed, or on which decisions are based
The educational framework of ISB is much different from the framework (curriculum) where I used to go to school. I do like it though.
adj.
Based on scientific testing or practical experience, not on ideas
I found out that the distance from the pond doesn't affect the number of plants from the empirical data I collected.
n.
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
n.
innovation paradigm that assumes firms should use external ideas and/or external paths to market in their innovation process
[Tech.];[Bus.] word coined by Henry Chesbrough, who opposes this paradigm to the closed innovation one, where all the innovation process happens within the borders of the firm.
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]

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