condense

verb
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

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Other Words from condense

condensable or less commonly condensible \ kən-​ˈden(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce condensible (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The question has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. Jennifer Mizgata, Fortune, "How to approach difficult conversations when your coworkers drive you nuts," 13 Feb. 2020 Some reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity. Glamour, "13 Best Lubricants for Women to Make Your V Happy," 12 Feb. 2020 The following interview, on Mr. Voss’s approach to managing travel hurdles, has been edited and condensed for clarity. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "A Former F.B.I. Negotiator and His Tips for Travel," 1 Feb. 2020 Their accounts have been edited and condensed for clarity and length. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "The People Who Power the Presidential Campaigns in Iowa," 29 Jan. 2020 These interviews were edited and condensed for length and clarity. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Cowboys enemy report: What’s the Eagles’ offseason plan at QB after another Carson Wentz injury?," 22 Jan. 2020 The White House wanted the trial to be condensed to two, 12-hour days and that was the plan as the day began on Tuesday, said a person familiar with the White House legal team. Philip Elliott, Time, "To Understand Mitch McConnell's Impeachment Priorities, Look at the 2020 Senate Map," 22 Jan. 2020 This year, the company plans to test Summer Fridays, a program that allows workers from Memorial Day through Labor Day to condense five standard workdays into four twice a month. Mark Williams, azcentral, "Nationwide commits $160M to benefits, retooling workforce for automation," 13 Jan. 2020 Frigid atmospheric temperatures should have forced the excess water vapor to condense into clouds, but there wasn’t evidence that had happened, according to the study, which was published in Science. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Water Is Disappearing from the Surface of Mars Like Crazy," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of condense was in the 15th century

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19 Feb 2020

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“Condense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condense. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for condense

condense

verb
How to pronounce condense (audio)

English Language Learners 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

condense

verb
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.

condense

verb
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 condensable (audio) \ adjective

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