[ kuh n-denst ]
/ kənˈdɛnst /


reduced in volume, area, length, or scope; shortened: a condensed version of the book.
made denser, especially reduced from a gaseous to a liquid state.
thickened by distillation or evaporation; concentrated: condensed lemon juice.
Printing. (of type) narrow in proportion to its height.Compare expanded(def 3).

Nearby words

  1. condensation nucleus,
  2. condensation point,
  3. condensation polymerization,
  4. condensation trail,
  5. condense,
  6. condensed matter,
  7. condensed matter physics,
  8. condensed milk,
  9. condensed-matter physics,
  10. condenser

Origin of condensed

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at condense, -ed2

Related forms


[ kuhn-dens ]
/ kənˈdɛns /

verb (used with object), con·densed, con·dens·ing.

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), con·densed, con·dens·ing.

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 formso·ver·con·dense, verb, o·ver·con·densed, o·ver·con·dens·ing.pre·con·dense, verb, pre·con·densed, pre·con·dens··con·dense, verb, re·con·densed, re·con·dens·ing.un·con·dens·ing, adjective

Synonym study

2. See contract. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condensed


/ (kənˈdɛnst) /


(of printers' type) narrower than usual for a particular heightCompare expanded (def. 1)
botany designating an inflorescence in which the flowers are crowded together and are almost or completely sessile
Also called: fused chem designating a polycyclic ring system in a molecule in which two rings share two or more common atoms, as in naphthalene


/ (kənˈdɛns) /


(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
Derived Formscondensable or condensible, adjectivecondensability or condensibility, noun

Word Origin for condense

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

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Word Origin and History for condensed
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