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compress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of compress

  1. 1 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together <a science textbook that compresses a lot of information about human reproduction into a few short chapters> Synonyms capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, constrict, constringe, contract, narrow (down), squeeze, telescope Related Words cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessen Near Antonyms dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swell Antonyms decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch

  2. 2 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter <the substance can compress under pressure> Synonyms contract, condense, constrict, shrinkRelated Words collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdrawNear Antonyms accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up)Antonyms balloon, expand, snowball, swell




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