UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɔː/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/kɔr/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling'core': (kôr, kōr); 'Core': (kôrē, kōrē)

Inflections of 'core' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the core of [an apple, the Earth]
  2. an apple core
  3. [remove, discard, cut out, throw away] the core
  4. the Earth's core
  5. [pressure, matter, gases] at the Earth's core
  6. [a nuclear, an atomic, a magnetic] core
  7. is (at) the core of the [problem, issue, situation]
  8. let's get (down) to the core of the [problem]
  9. deep down in his core he [knew, felt]
  10. (right) down to the core
  11. is the central core of
  12. the plan has [public, children's] interests at its core
  13. work [on, out] your core
  14. a [strong, ripped, weak] core
  15. a [quad, processor] core
n as adj
  1. is the core [issue, problem, idea] (surrounding)
  2. your core muscles
  3. core values (of)
  4. is a core feature of
  5. is a core [business, member, leader] (of)
  6. core [curriculum courses]
  7. a core group of [friends, contributors]
  8. our core [members, listeners, viewers, audience]
  9. a (nuclear) core reactor
  1. core the [apple, melon, fruit]
  2. core (it) with a [knife, corer]
  3. cored and [chopped, diced, sliced, seeded, peeled, grated]
  4. peeled and cored
  5. core out the [steel, wood, metal]
  6. core into the [ground, earth, foundation, bedrock]
  7. coring and [drilling, testing, sampling]
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