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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This conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity and length. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "Q&A: The woman with a new urban vision for San Jose," 27 June 2019 This interview has been lightly condensed and edited for clarity. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The CEO of Pro Mujer on how women are key to Latin America’s success," 16 June 2019 This conversation has been lightly edited and condensed. STAT, "How Europe is building a sweeping system to study medication safety in pregnant and lactating women," 21 June 2019 The following excerpts have been edited and condensed. New York Times, "Harassment, Equality, Power: What Leaders Said at the New Rules Summit," 17 June 2019 The following transcript has been edited and condensed. Jennifer Day, chicagotribune.com, "A Midwestern experience: Paula Saunders reflects on 'The Distance Home'," 6 June 2019 An edited and condensed version of our conversation follows. Quanta Magazine, "She Finds Clues to Future Sustainability in Old Food Webs," 21 Mar. 2019 This interview has been edited for clarity and condensed. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Serena Williams on the Pressure of Motherhood: ‘I’m Not Always Going to Win’," 27 Apr. 2018 All the stories in this piece were told to me in interviews, then edited and condensed for clarity. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost," 23 Feb. 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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