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[kuh n-dens] /kənˈdɛns/
verb (used with object), condensed, condensing.
to make more dense or compact; reduce the volume or extent of; concentrate.
to reduce to a shorter form; abridge:
Condense your answer into a few words.
to reduce to another and denser form, as a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid state.
verb (used without object), condensed, condensing.
to become denser or more compact or concentrated.
to reduce a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a shorter form.
to become liquid or solid, as a gas or vapor:
The steam condensed into droplets.
Origin of condense
1475-85; < Middle French condenser < Latin condēnsāre, equivalent to con- con- + dēnsāre to thicken, verbal derivative of dēnsus dense
Related forms
overcondense, verb, overcondensed, overcondensing.
precondense, verb, precondensed, precondensing.
recondense, verb, recondensed, recondensing.
uncondensing, adjective
1. compress, consolidate. 2. digest, epitomize, abstract, abbreviate.
1. expand.
Synonym Study
2. See contract. Unabridged
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  • It cools and still cools and condenses, but still fiercely glows.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Then the water vapor in it condenses into droplets of water, and these form a cloud.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • As the vapor rises from the mixture and goes into the worm, it cools and condenses.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • They will not understand a man who condenses his thoughts into an octavo.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • He condenses their volume of steam into a drop of cold water in a moment.

    Crotchet Castle Thomas Love Peacock
  • Hutchinson condenses it in similar terms, as do Calef and Douglas.

  • The steam should be supplied to the box just as fast as it condenses, and no faster.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor
  • Mr. Stephens, however, condenses Fuentes's account, which is truly wonderful.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Winter condenses me, and makes me lumpish and sober; and then I can read all day long.

British Dictionary definitions for condenses


(transitive) to increase the density of; compress
to reduce or be reduced in volume or size; make or become more compact
to change or cause to change from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
(chem) to undergo or cause to undergo condensation
Derived Forms
condensable, condensible, adjective
condensability, condensibility, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin condēnsāre, from dēnsāre to make thick, from dēnsusdense
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Word Origin and History for condenses



early 15c., from Middle French condenser (14c.) or directly from Latin condensare "to make dense," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + densare "make thick," from densus "dense, thick, crowded," a word used of crowds, darkness, clouds, etc. (see dense).

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