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

Synonyms & Antonyms for condense

Synonyms

compress, constrict, contract, shrink

Antonyms

balloon, expand, snowball, swell

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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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This interview has been condensed for clarity and brevity. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet’s directors say the Gord character came from a weird, bad joke," 6 Dec. 2018 This database, which now contains thousands of food items, lives in the cloud, but Brava has condensed it down to a model that lives on the oven. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 Obviously, this was a highly complex story, and to condense it into three hours is quite an achievement. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "A Very English Scandal Star Hugh Grant on the Crime That Shocked Britain," 30 June 2018 One thing this offense did well in ’17 was distort defenses by spreading the formation on one side and condensing it on the other side. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Best in the AFC West: 10 Thoughts on the 2018 Chargers," 18 June 2018 The vapor condenses into clouds that can cause rain or lightning. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How Forest Fires Make Their Own Hellish Weather," 12 Nov. 2018 O’Neill can condense that sentence into a maximum of 10 years served concurrently, a move that the prosecution requested on Monday, according to the Associated Press. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Bill Cosby spent decades as “America’s Dad.” He’s about to be sentenced for a 2004 assault.," 24 Sep. 2018 What follows is a condensed, lightly edited version of the conversation. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Zuckerberg: The Recode interview," 18 July 2018 Note: This interview has been condensed for clarity and length. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "A Reminder That We Won't Need a Full Repeal of Roe v. Wade for Abortion to Be Restricted," 29 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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