condense

verb
con·​dense | \kən-ˈden(t)s \
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 \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Some quotes have been edited and/or condensed for clarity. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "9 Best Cystic Acne Treatments Real People Swear By," 4 Oct. 2018 Note: Some of the answers have been edited and condensed for length. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Adam and Danielle Busby from TLC's 'Outdaughtered' share parenting tips, talk Season 3," 6 July 2018 Both interviews were conducted through an interpreter and have been edited and condensed for clarity. Callie Beusman, The Cut, "The Lasting Trauma of Family Detention," 6 July 2018 This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity. BostonGlobe.com, "Seven questions with Revolution coach Brad Friedel," 2 July 2018 The result is a U.K. that not only loses out economically but that also sees its shrinking influence on the world stage condensed neatly into a two-year negotiating window that’s rapidly closing. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The United Kingdom’s ‘Brexit Dream’ has Become a Waking Nightmare," 12 July 2018 The city says condensing all the events into Saturday will make the fest more dynamic. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Speed-eating on menu at Spark!Fishers holiday weekend bash," 28 June 2018 China would, in effect, condense into a country of super-regions. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 The water vapor then cools, condenses and can be collected. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need?," 17 May 2018

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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

verb

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 \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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