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verb, con·dense \kən-ˈden(t)s\

Simple Definition of condense

  • : to make (something) shorter or smaller by removing parts that are less important

  • : to change from a gas into a liquid

  • : to remove water from (something) to make it thicker

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of condense


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make denser or more compact; especially :  to subject to condensation

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo condensation

condensable also condensible play \-ˈden(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of condense in a sentence

  1. The information is collected and then passed on to the CEO in condensed form.

  2. The cooler temperatures cause the gas to condense into a liquid.

  3. Moisture in the air condenses to form tiny drops of water.

  4. Condense the milk by cooking it slowly.

Origin of condense

Middle English, from Latin condensare, from com- + densare to make dense, from densus dense

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of condense

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length <caused her muscles to contract>. shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions <the sweater will shrink when washed>. condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content <condense the essay into a paragraph>. compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance <compressed cotton into bales>. constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter <the throat is constricted by a tight collar>. deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas <deflate the balloon>.

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CONDENSE Defined for Kids


verb con·dense \kən-ˈdens\

Definition of condense for Students


  1. 1 :  to make or become more compact or concise <Condense the paragraph into one sentence.>

  2. 2 :  to change or cause to change from a vapor to a liquid (as by cooling) <The morning air condensed onto the cold window.>

Medical Dictionary


verb con·dense \kən-ˈden(t)s\

Medical Definition of condense

condensed; condensing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make denser or more compact; especially :  to subject to condensation

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to undergo condensation

  6. 2:  to become visibly dense or more compact <the chromosomes condense during prophase>

condensable \-ˈden(t)-sə-bəl\play adjective

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