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concentrate at (some place)

1. To have people gather in a particular place or area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "concentrate" and "at." Concentrate all the guests at the entrance to the venue for now—I don't want them to see the wedding party just yet.
2. To gather in a particular place or area in large numbers. Most of the guests are concentrated at the buffet right now. I had a hard time getting down the hallway because so many students were concentrated at the door to the gym.
See also: concentrate

concentrate on (someone or something)

To focus on a particular person or thing. I'm sorry, but I can't concentrate on what you're saying with that music blaring in the background. If you want to get into the college of your choice, you really need to concentrate on your schoolwork.
See also: concentrate, on

concentrate at some place

to gather thickly at a place. The moths concentrated at the window at night, attracted by the light. All the thirsty children concentrated at the water fountain.
See also: concentrate, place

concentrate someone or something at something

to cause people or things to gather at a place; to cause people or things to convene or converge at a place. You shouldn't concentrate all the guards at one entrance. The general concentrated all the big guns at the entrance to the valley.
See also: concentrate

concentrate something on someone or something

to focus something on someone or something; to center on someone or something. Let's try to concentrate our efforts on finishing this job today. She concentrated her attention on Lynn.
See also: concentrate, on

concentrate (up)on someone or something

to focus one's thinking on someone or something; to think intensely about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Please concentrate upon Jeff. He is the one we should discuss. Try to concentrate on your work more.
See also: concentrate, on
References in classic literature ?
They cannot concentrate long enough upon a single idea.
During these trips he had placed paddles in their hands, when they attempted to imitate the movements of him and Mugambi, but so difficult is it for them long to concentrate upon a thing that he soon saw that it would require weeks of patient training before they would be able to make any effective use of these new implements, if, in fact, they should ever do so.
She heard the creature whistle and knew that it was summoning assistance, but because she did not dare look toward it she did not see it turn and concentrate its gaze upon the great, headless body lying by the further wall.
It enables me to concentrate my attention upon my incomparable wife," said Challenger, passing his short, thick arm round her waist.
He was forced to concentrate with all his will in order to remember which of them could stand ipecacuanha, and which of them were constitutionally unable to retain that powerful drug.
Though she was not lacking in sense or perspicacity, religious theories, and her complete ignorance of higher emotions had encircled all her faculties with an iron hand; they were exercised solely on the commonest things of life; spent in a few directions they were able to concentrate themselves on a matter in hand.
She shook her head, tried to concentrate her attention, and failed.
A man cannot spend his time tickling cats when he has to concentrate on a dilemma of this kind.
And as she blows, and shading it with her lean hand, concentrates its red spark of light, it serves in the dim morning as a lamp to show him what he sees of her.
which starts up in January and will increase Heritage's CaCO3 concentrate production capacity by 60%, with room to double that again.
president, Kyushu Central Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, in conjunction with Cytori using the company's Celution(TM) System to isolate and concentrate the patients' stem and regenerative cells.
Concentrates have been formulated for use with thermoplastic elastomers and are said to provide the intense coloration required for consumer appeal in many soft-touch applications, while enabling manufacturers to economize on concentrate consumption.
The easy-to-use concentrate produces fresh-tasting iced tea.
Chances are you're getting mostly cheap concentrate, with a few drops of some other juice added to justify the bar's name.
If that sounds unappealing, Malkki offers an alternative: Eat breads and other baked goods fortified with a beta-glucan-enriched concentrate.