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
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These had condensed from the smoke plumes in northern India as they rose into cooler air, Li explains.Surprising long-haul dust and tar are melting high glaciers | Sid Perkins | November 17, 2020 | Science News For Students
What follows is a consolidation of our two phone calls, edited and condensed for clarity.The True Cost of Keeping a Restaurant Open During a Pandemic | Charlotte Druckman | November 11, 2020 | Eater
The most emblematic variation is the Churchill, which was named after a man in Puntarenas who looked remarkably like Winston Churchill and always ordered his copo with bright red kola syrup and condensed milk.Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rican Food | Nicholas Gill | November 11, 2020 | Eater
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I know where we have removed cylinders and put larger ones on the same nozzles and condensing work, and the engines did good duty.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
I think it is better to make them ourselves, for if we do not, some others will, for there must be a saving of coal by condensing.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
The philosophers have ingenious instruments for condensing air.Rollo's Philosophy. [Air] | Jacob Abbott
The conduit, R', leads the sulphide of carbon in a state of vapor to the condensing apparatus.Scientific American Supplement No. 299 | Various
It was formerly usual to adopt the condensing engine in mills, and wherever a stationary engine was required.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine | Robert H. Thurston
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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