Definition of condense in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈdens/


1 [with object] Make (something) denser or more concentrated: the limestones of the Jurassic age are condensed into a mere 11 feet
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  • Where the Davis Cup is played over the course of four rounds, home and away, the Fed Cup condenses its semi-final and final rounds into one week.
  • Each two-decade period is assigned an overarching theme giving it a broad historical overview while serving to limit and condense the curatorial scope.
  • Major League Baseball has joined with an internet service to record, digitize and condense a typical three hour game to 30 minutes.
1.1Express (a piece of writing or speech) in fewer words; make concise: he condensed the three plays into a three-hour drama
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  • True, some of this material could have been condensed.
  • Knowledge of the Vedas has been condensed into 555 short lines.
  • This is condensed from an essay Siegel wrote for the New York Observer.
summarize, synopsize, précis;
truncate, curtail
abridged, shortened, cut, compressed, abbreviated, reduced, truncated, concise;
outline, thumbnail, capsule
2Change or cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid: [no object]: the moisture vapor in the air condenses into droplets of water [with object]: the cold air was condensing his breath
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  • Then, while still contracting, the star cools through yellow and red-hot, and the protyle condenses into progressively heavier elements.
  • This creates enough pressure to force the ammonia vapour into another vessel, where it condenses into a liquid.
  • What results is a super-saturated vapour, which cools to near ambient temperatures in a few milliseconds and condenses into the aerosol particles that make up the smoke.
precipitate, liquefy, become liquid, deliquesce



Pronunciation: /kənˈdensəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • First, the work - if it contains inspiration, glee, sorrow; if it is complex, actually provocative or disturbing - is not easily condensable to those three paragraphs allowed the script-reader.
  • But they also get booked because they're quick with the quote: they help to feed an omnivorous media machine hungry for thoughts condensable into a dozen words that will make one side or another angry.
  • As shown in Table 1, the refractory lithophiles and siderophiles constitute about 1 per cent by mass of the total condensable material (rock + ices) in the solar nebula.


Late Middle English: from Old French condenser or Latin condensare, from condensus 'very thick', from con- 'completely' + densus 'dense'.

Words that rhyme with condense

cense, commence, common sense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence

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Syllabification: con·dense

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