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

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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These interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "For The Bachelor Contestants, Is Finding Love and Spon-Con Deals Worth the Trolls?," 9 May 2019 Interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The $86,400 El Paso Couple Couple Devoted to Their Creative Goals," 2 May 2019 The moisture vapor suspended in the air condenses on the cold coil. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 DeVos’ 3½-hour hearing was condensed to under an hour, with roughly the same time given to Republican and Democratic senators. Maria Danilova, The Seattle Times, "DeVos’ rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theater," 17 Sep. 2018 The main difference will be in name only; the proposal condenses the state's four existing diplomas into one diploma with designations for students who meet different academic requirements. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Dead or alive: Where proposed laws stand at Indiana legislature with less than 2 weeks to go," 13 Feb. 2018 As relatively warm, moist air condensed, thick layers of fog hung over Washington’s waterways. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Fog enshrouds Washington but brings little relief from drought," 28 Jan. 2018 Interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity. Marie Claire, "A Brooklyn Couple, a Brand-New Living Situation, and Two Paychecks," 4 Apr. 2019 Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "50 Years After Winning Olympic Gold, Madeline Manning Mims Reflects on Her History-Making Moment," 16 Oct. 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 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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