condense

verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to undergo condensation
condensable adjective
or less commonly condensible
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

Example Sentences

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 Websites like Ethical Consumer have done some of the legwork here to condense this information into score tables for devices like laptops and smartphones. Simon Hill, WIRED, 28 Sep. 2022 So the oxygen in the air and also the nitrogen can condense onto the surface. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 Finding spaces like this where days condense into seconds has the potential to save your business weeks of time, which is only more revenue in your company’s pocket down the road. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Zalkind worked alongside documentary veteran director Jesse Sweet to condense a decade of journalism into an approximately 2½-hour series. Addie Morfoot, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2022 Members had to condense the onboarding material, which would normally involve a series of in-person presentations, and change the format of some trainings so they could be completed asynchronously. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2022 Swipe all the way up from the bottom of the display to showcase all your notifications in list view; swipe down to condense them into a stack; swipe down again (from Stack View) to hide the notifications and show only the total number. WIRED, 1 Oct. 2022 Kaytranada at the Anthem: Precious few producer-DJs can condense the entire space-time continuum of diasporic dance music into one song, album or set like Kaytranada. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2020 Lawmakers hope to condense that to a decade for all sequoia groves, by allowing restoration work to start in one area while environmental review is occurring concurrently at other sites. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Condense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condense. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

condense

verb

con·​dense kən-ˈden(t)s How to pronounce condense (audio)
condensed; condensing
1
: to make or become more close, compact, concise, or dense : concentrate
condense a paragraph into a sentence
2
: to change from a less dense to a denser form
steam condenses into water

Medical Definition

condense

verb

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

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
condensable adjective

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