[ kuhn-dens ]
See synonyms for: condensecondensedcondensing on

verb (used with object),con·densed, con·dens·ing.
  1. to make more dense or compact; reduce the volume or extent of; concentrate.

  2. to reduce to a shorter form; abridge: Condense your answer into a few words.

  1. to reduce to another and denser form, as a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid state.

verb (used without object),con·densed, con·dens·ing.
  1. to become denser or more compact or concentrated.

  2. to reduce a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a shorter form.

  1. to become liquid or solid, as a gas or vapor: The steam condensed into droplets.

Origin of condense

First recorded in 1475–85; from Middle French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre, from con- con- + dēnsāre “to thicken,” verb derivative of dēnsus dense

synonym study For condense

2. See contract.

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Opposites for condense

Other words from condense

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for condense


/ (kənˈdɛns) /

  1. (tr) to increase the density of; compress

  2. to reduce or be reduced in volume or size; make or become more compact

  1. to change or cause to change from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state

  2. chem to undergo or cause to undergo condensation

Origin of condense

C15: from Latin condēnsāre, from dēnsāre to make thick, from dēnsus dense

Derived forms of condense

  • condensable or condensible, adjective
  • condensability or condensibility, noun

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