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compress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of compress

  1. 1 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together a science textbook that compresses a lot of information about human reproduction into a few short chapters Synonyms of compress capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, constrict, constringe, contract, narrow (down), squeeze, telescope Words Related to compress cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessen Near Antonyms of compress dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swell Antonyms of compress decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch

  2. 2 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter the substance can compress under pressure Synonyms of compress contract, condense, constrict, shrinkWords Related to compress collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdrawNear Antonyms of compress accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up)Antonyms of compress balloon, expand, snowball, swell

Synonym Discussion of compress

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


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