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Definition of condense verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    condense

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈdens//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdens//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condense
    BrE BrE//kənˈdens//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdens//
     
    he / she / it condenses
    BrE BrE//kənˈdensɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdensɪz//
     
    past simple condensed
    BrE BrE//kənˈdenst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdenst//
     
    past participle condensed
    BrE BrE//kənˈdenst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdenst//
     
    -ing form condensing
    BrE BrE//kənˈdensɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdensɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to change from a gas into a liquid; to make a gas change into a liquid condense (into something) Steam condenses into water when it cools. condense something (into something) The steam was condensed rapidly by injecting cold water into the cylinder. Wordfinderabsorb, condense, dilute, dissolve, evaporate, filter, immerse, liquid, rinse, saturated
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] condense (something) if a liquid condenses or you condense it, it becomes thicker and stronger because it has lost some of its water synonym reduce Condense the soup by boiling it for several minutes.
  3. 3[transitive] condense something (into something) to put something such as a piece of writing into fewer words; to put a lot of information into a small space The article was condensed into just two pages. The author has condensed a great deal of material into just 100 pages.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French condenser or Latin condensare, from condensus ‘very thick’, from con- ‘completely’ + densus ‘dense’.
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