• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒnkɹiːt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌkɑnˈkɹiːt/, /ˈkɑnkɹiːt/


  1. Real, actual, tangible.
    Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that bigfoot exists.
    Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasn’t.
  2. Being or applying to actual things, not abstract qualities or categories.
    • The names of individuals are concrete, those of classes abstract.
    • Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also express, or imply, or refer to, some subject to which it belongs.
  3. Particular, specific, rather than general.
    While everyone else offered thoughts and prayers, she made a concrete proposal to help.
    concrete ideas
  4. United by coalescence of separate particles, or liquid, into one mass or solid.
    • The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state.
  5. (modifying a noun, not comparable) Made of concrete, a building material.
    The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.
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  1. (obsolete) A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles; a compound substance, a concretion.
    • 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...
    • 1665, Robert Hooke, Micrographia:
      [T]he tincture of Cocheneel is nothing but some finer dissoluble parts of that Concrete lick'd up or dissolv'd by the fluid water.
  2. Specifically, a building material created by mixing cement, water, and aggregate such as gravel and sand.
    The road was made of concrete that had been poured in large slabs.
  3. (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".
  4. Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.
  5. (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.
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concrete (concretes, present participle concreting; past and past participle concreted)

  1. (usually, transitive) To cover with or encase in concrete (building material).
    I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.
    • 2005, The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction (ISBN 0870311670), page 95:
    • 2008, David Squire et al, The First-Time Garden Specialist (ISBN 1845379268), page 12:
      Harmonizing the garden's style with the house is important, especially when considering the front garden. Too often, when moving into a new property, the car takes priority and concreting the area appears to be an imperative[.]
    • 2012, Formwork for Concrete Structures (ISBN 1259007332), page 417:
      The materials used for concreting should be stored properly[.]
  2. (usually, transitive) To solidify: to change from being abstract to being concrete (actual, real).
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To unite or coalesce into a mass or a solid body.
    • The blood of some who died of the plague could not be made to concrete.
    • 1845, The London Lancet:
      At three years her mother observed something come from her as she walked across the room, which, when examined, was found to be fat in a liquid state, which concreted when cold.
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