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From Latin concretus, past participle of concrescere (com- + crescere).



concrete (comparative more concrete, superlative most concrete)

  1. Particular, perceivable, real.
    Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that bigfoot exists.
    • 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian[1]:
      Professor Peter Crome, chair of the audit's steering group, said the report "provides further concrete evidence that the care of patients with dementia in hospital is in need of a radical shake-up". While a few hospitals had risen to the challenge of improving patients' experiences, many have not, he said. The report recommends that all staff receive basic dementia awareness training, and staffing levels should be maintained to help such patients.
    • 2016 February 6, James Zogby, “Israel’s prickliness blocks the long quest for peace”, in The National[2]:
      The secretary general went on to express his concern with recent Israeli announcements to expand settlements in the occupied lands, urging them to: stop the demolitions of Palestinian homes and confiscation of Palestinian lands, address the humanitarian situation in Gaza and to take concrete steps to improve the daily lives of the Palestinian people.
  2. Not abstract.
    Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasn’t.
    • John Stuart Mill
      The names of individuals are concrete, those of classes abstract.
    • I. Watts
      Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also express, or imply, or refer to, some subject to which it belongs.
  3. United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form.
    • Bishop Burnet
      The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state.
  4. (noun modifier; not comparable) Made of concrete, a building material.
    The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.




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concrete (uncountable)

  1. A building material created by mixing cement, water, and aggregate including gravel and sand.
    The road was made of concrete that had been poured in large slabs.
  2. A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist, page 26:
      "...upon the suppos’d Analysis made by the fire, of the former sort of Concretes, there are wont to emerge Bodies resembling those which they take for the Elements...
  3. (US) A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.
    • 2010, June Naylor, Judy Wiley, Insiders' Guide to Dallas and Fort Worth (page 54)
      Besides cones, Curley's serves sundaes, and concretes—custard with all sorts of yummy goodness blended in, like pecans, caramel, almonds, []
    • John Lutz, Diamond Eyes (page 170)
      When Nudger and Claudia were finished eating they drove to the Ted Drewes frozen custard stand on Chippewa and stood in line for a couple of chocolate chip concretes.
  4. (logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term.
    • John Stuart Mill
      The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety".
  5. Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.


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concrete (third-person singular simple present concretes, present participle concreting, simple past and past participle concreted)

  1. (transitive) To cover with or encase in concrete; often constructed as concrete over.
    I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To solidify; to change from being abstract to being concrete.
    • 2007, Charles Reinold Noyes, The Institution of Property (page 536)
      Just so economics has concreted the concept of capital.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To solidify; to go from being abstract to being concrete. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body.
    • Arbuthnot
      The blood of some who died of the plague could not be made to concrete.


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  1. Inflected form of concreet





  1. feminine plural of concreto




  1. vocative masculine singular of concrētus




  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of concretar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of concretar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of concretar.