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.
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.
- o·ver·con·dense, verb, o·ver·con·densed, o·ver·con·dens·ing.
- pre·con·dense, verb, pre·con·densed, pre·con·dens·ing.
- re·con·dense, verb, re·con·densed, re·con·dens·ing.
- un·con·dens·ing, adjective
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How to use condense in a sentence
A vapor chamber—an enclosed cooling system that relies on liquid evaporating and condensing to cool the air around it—employs another fan to help vent hot air out through the top.Nvidia’s monstrous new graphics cards crank up the power while dropping their prices | Stan Horaczek | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.‘We don’t have the burden of traditional media’: Confessions of an upstart agency holding group MD | Seb Joseph | September 7, 2020 | Digiday
This interview is based on phone and email interviews and has been condensed and edited for clarity.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle | Rachel Crowell | September 2, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Automated tools that help condense and summarize and extract information from written text are becoming more and more essential.
Appel talked about how the university has condensed it’s “how to teach online” courses for teachers into week-long immersions, or shorter, that are now free for teachers and parents to meet the unprecedented demand.Morning Report: How the City Came to Lease a Lemon | Voice of San Diego | August 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Those vapors condense into a liquid later in the process and that “condensate” is collected in a storage area, called a sump.
She speaks in thick paragraphs that her staffers probably wish they could condense and sharpen at times.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland? | Jim Newell | March 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I cannot condense the horror of either the Bosnian war or the Rwandan genocide in the length of this column.Pity Boston, Ignore Nigeria: The Limits of Compassion | Janine di Giovanni | April 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They get an actor on the schedule at their budgets where they try to condense roles.Billy Zane Opens Up About ‘Titanic,’ ‘Zoolander,’ and the Lost Decade | Marlow Stern | April 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Should the vapor not condense well, the test-tube may be immersed in a glass of cold water.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
"I wonder if she has ever tried to condense rudeness into an epigram," said Isabel viciously, pausing in her narrative.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
I tried to condense the steam by the cold sides of the condenser, without using injection-water.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
After a while it became cool enough to permit the water to condense on the surface and so the ocean began to be formed.
Heat and light come and go, as vapors of water condense into rain and dissolve into vapor to return again to the atmosphere.Etidorhpa or the End of Earth. | John Uri Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for condense
(tr) 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
- condensable or condensible, adjective
- condensability or condensibility, noun
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