con·​dense | \ kən-ˈden(t)s How to pronounce condense (audio) \
condensed; condensing

Definition of condense

transitive verb

: to make denser or more compact especially : to subject to condensation

intransitive verb

: to undergo condensation

Other Words from condense

condensable or less commonly condensible \ kən-​ˈden(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce condense (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of condense in a Sentence

The information is collected and then passed on to the CEO in condensed form. The cooler temperatures cause the gas to condense into a liquid. Moisture in the air condenses to form tiny drops of water. Condense the milk by cooking it slowly.
Recent Examples on the Web Start by being detailed, then condense the budget into categories. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The biggest challenge will be to condense nearly a decade of avatar life into one film, says Ree, who is currently working on a first animatic draft. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 In fact, Plenty managed to condense seven hundred acres of farmland into a 95,000 square foot warehouse in Los Angeles County, where the Walmart produce will be grown. Sanford Stein, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Due to the lockout, MLB had to condense its spring training schedule, so teams are only playing eight to 10 home games during the 2022 Cactus League season, as opposed to the pre-pandemic normal schedule of 15 or more home dates. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Now, election offices are being pressured to condense their processes or work overtime to keep the primary on track. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 And packing is when specific voters are forced into one district, or as few districts as possible, to condense their influence. Kelly Mena, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 In their initial analysis, scientists discovered a flaw in how CESM2 modeled the way moisture interacts with soot, dust or sea-spray particles that allow water vapor to condense into cloud droplets. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 The idea, known as Project Tundra, is to scrub the carbon dioxide out of the plant’s exhaust smoke, condense it and inject it into deep wells. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of condense

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for condense

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

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“Condense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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con·​dense | \ kən-ˈdens How to pronounce condense (audio) \
condensed; condensing

Kids Definition of condense

1 : to make or become more compact or concise Condense the paragraph into one sentence.
2 : to change or cause to change from a vapor to a liquid (as by cooling) The morning air condensed onto the cold window.


con·​dense | \ kən-ˈden(t)s How to pronounce condense (audio) \
condensed; condensing

Medical Definition of condense

transitive verb

: to make denser or more compact especially : to subject to condensation

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo condensation
2 : to become visibly dense or more compact the chromosomes condense during prophase

Other Words from condense

condensable \ -​ˈden(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce condense (audio) \ adjective

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