condense

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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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of condense

1475–85; < Middle French condenser < Latin condēnsāre, equivalent to con- con- + dēnsāre to thicken, verbal derivative of dēnsus dense

SYNONYMS FOR condense
ANTONYMS FOR condense
1. expand.

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·ing.re·con·dense, verb, re·con·densed, re·con·dens·ing.un·con·dens·ing, adjective

Synonym study

2. See contract.

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British Dictionary definitions for condenses

condense

verb

(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 condenses

condense

v.

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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