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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The breaking off took place over the course of 30 minutes and began the night of June 22; the video has condensed the time of the incident to about 90 seconds. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Incredible video shows 4-mile iceberg breaking in Greenland," 12 July 2018 As that happens, the water vapor condenses to form clouds and, given the right conditions, storms. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Wettest place in Arizona? It's this mountain lake," 22 June 2018 An edited and condensed version of the interview follows. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 2018 After the turbine is spun and the power is generated, the waste fluid (carbon dioxide and water) is put through a heat exchanger, the water condensed out and separated. David Roberts, Vox, "That natural gas power plant with no carbon emissions or air pollution? It works.," 1 June 2018 Take a one-meter-by-one-meter square air column, from the ground to the top of the troposphere, and condense all the water vapor. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018 There have been many more of those troughs and subsequent ridges than usual, which condenses the time frame between the temperature swings, National Weather Service forecaster Phil Gonsalves said. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Light rain expected, but see-saw weather may be coming to an end," 18 Apr. 2018 Here are some of their stories, condensed for clarity. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018," 18 Apr. 2018 Below are highlights from our conversation, edited and condensed for clarity. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Jon Hassell at 81: Visionary Composer-Trumpeter Reflects on a Half Century of Music on His Own Terms," 28 June 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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