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[noun, adjective kon-surt, -sert; verb kuh n-surt] /noun, adjective ˈkɒn sɜrt, -sərt; verb kənˈsɜrt/

a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate.
a public performance, usually by an individual singer, instrumentalist, or the like; recital:
The violinist has given concerts all over the world.
agreement of two or more individuals in a design or plan; combined action; accord or harmony:
His plan was greeted with a concert of abuse.
designed or intended for concerts:
concert hall.
performed at concerts:
concert music.
performing or capable of performing at concerts:
a concert pianist.
verb (used with object)
to contrive or arrange by agreement:
They were able to concert a settlement of their differences.
to plan; devise:
A program of action was concerted at the meeting.
verb (used without object)
to plan or act together.
in concert, together; jointly:
to act in concert.
noun (ˈkɒnsɜːt; -sət)

agreement in design, plan, or action
in concert

verb (kənˈsɜːt)
to arrange or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement

1660s, “agreement, accord, harmony,” from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto “concert, harmony,” from concertare “bring into agreement,” in Latin “to contend, contest, dispute,” from com- “with” (see com-) + certare “to contend, strive,” frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere “separate, decide” (see crisis).

Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from “to strive against” to “to strive alongside.” Sense of “public musical performance” is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare “to sing together” (from con- + cantare “to sing”) as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.


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