- 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.
Origin of condense
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1. compress, consolidate. 2. digest, epitomize, abstract, abbreviate.
2. See contract.
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Examples from the Web for condense
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?
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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
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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
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It is hard to condense the social habits of peoples into a few dozen pages.The Truth About Woman
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We will condense, for the benefit of the reader, the information of Mr. Leverton.Vivian Grey
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We must, however, condense the matter, which was very voluminous.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
What I have done is to condense some of that vapor into a solid.Spawn of the Comet
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Yet in order to condense the steam there must be a cooling of the vessel.The Age of Invention
- (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
C15: from Latin condēnsāre, from dēnsāre to make thick, from dēnsus dense
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Word Origin and History for condense
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