centre around

phrasal verb centre around or centre round or centre on or centre upon [transitive]
Word forms "centre around":
present tense I/you/we/they centre around he/she/it centres around present participle centring around past tense centred around past participle centred around
1) centre round or centre on or centre upon if something centres around someone or something, or if you centre something around them, they are its main subject of attention or interest

The debate centred around the issue of finance.

2) centre round or centre on or centre upon
centre around something if something centres around a place, or if you centre something around it, it happens mainly there

The celebrations will all centre around the church.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • centre around — centre around, centre round influenced by verbs of motion such as gather and move, is now a common construction for the meaning ‘to have (something) as a centre; to be mainly concerned with’, criticism on the grounds of illogicality… …   Modern English usage

  • centre around — phr verb Centre/center around is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑disagreement …   Collocations dictionary

  • centre around — …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre around somebody — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre around something — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre round — centre around, centre round influenced by verbs of motion such as gather and move, is now a common construction for the meaning ‘to have (something) as a centre; to be mainly concerned with’, criticism on the grounds of illogicality… …   Modern English usage

  • centre something around somebody — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre something around something — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre on somebody — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • centre round somebody — ˈcentre around/on/round/upon sb/sth | ˈcentre sth around/on/round/upon sb/sth derived to be or make sb/sth become the person or thing around which most activity, etc. takes place • State occasions always centred around the king. • Discussions… …   Useful english dictionary


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