condense

[kuhn-dens]
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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.
  3. 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.
  3. 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·ing.re·con·dense, verb, re·con·densed, re·con·dens·ing.un·con·dens·ing, adjective

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Synonym study

2. See contract.

Antonyms for condense

1. expand.
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British Dictionary definitions for condensing

condense

verb
  1. (tr) to increase the density of; compress
  2. to reduce or be reduced in volume or size; make or become more compact
  3. to change or cause to change from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
  4. 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 condensing

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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