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compact

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of compact

  1. 1 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure <a mattress with a compact foam core> Synonyms firm, hard, rigid, solid, stiff, unyieldingRelated Words case-hardened, compacted, compressed, hardened, indurated, stiffened, tempered; close, dense, heavy, thick, thickset; inelastic, inflexible, ramrod, unbending; compressed, condensed; adamantine, rocklike; sturdy, substantial; impenetrable, impermeable, nonporousNear Antonyms loose, scattered, thin; bendable, elastic, flexible, malleable, pliable, pliant, supple; droopy, flaccid, floppy, lank, limp, slack; airy, light; permeable, porous; ultrasoftAntonyms flabby, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy

  2. 2 having little space between items or parts <compact soil that should provide good support for the plant> Synonyms close, crowded, dense, jam-packed, packed, serried, thick, tightRelated Words crammed, jammed, overcrowded; crushed, massed, pressed, squeezed, wall-to-wall; airtight, snug; compacted, compressed, condensed, congested; firm, hard, solid; impenetrable, impermeable, imperviousNear Antonyms commodious, roomy, spaciousAntonyms airy, loose, open, uncrowded

  3. 3 marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning <compact prose without a single wasted word> Synonyms aphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, concise, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnailRelated Words abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), short, snippety, snippy; abbreviated, abridged, condensed, curtailed, shortened; meaty, substantial; meaningful, significant; well-turnedNear Antonyms pleonastic, redundant, repetitious, tautological, tautologous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; embellished, embroidered, exaggerated, inflatedAntonyms circuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy




compact

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of compact

  1. 1 a formal agreement between two or more nations or peoples <a five-nation compact to control drug traffic> Synonyms accord, alliance, treaty, convention, covenant, pactRelated Words entente, entente cordiale; bargain, bond, charter, concord, contract, deal, settlement, understanding; projet

  2. 2 an arrangement about action to be taken <the two made a compact never to artificially prolong the other's life in the event of incapacitating illness or injury> Synonyms accord, bargain, agreement, contract, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understandingRelated Words charter, treaty; binder, pledge, promise; alliance, association, entente, entente cordiale, league, partnership; acceptance, approval, assent, concurrence, consent, OK (or okay)




compact

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of compact

  1. 1 to bring (something) to a central point or under a single control <the media giant decided to compact all of its far-flung operations onto a single site> Synonyms center, centralize, concenter, concentrate, consolidate, polarize, unify, uniteRelated Words coordinate, harmonize, integrate, orchestrate; blend, coalesce, combine, fuse, incorporate, merge, reduce; conjoin, join, link; assemble, collect, colligate, gather; reunify, reuniteNear Antonyms segregate, separateAntonyms decentralize, deconcentrate, spread (out)

  2. 2 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together <compact the snow into a tight ball for throwing> Synonyms capsule, capsulize, collapse, compress, condense, constrict, constringe, contract, narrow (down), squeeze, telescopeRelated Words cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessenNear Antonyms dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swellAntonyms decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch




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