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[kuh n-dens] /kənˈdɛns/
verb (used with object), condensed, condensing.
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), condensed, condensing.
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.
Origin of condense
1475-85; < Middle French condenser < Latin condēnsāre, equivalent to con- con- + dēnsāre to thicken, verbal derivative of dēnsus dense
Related forms
overcondense, verb, overcondensed, overcondensing.
precondense, verb, precondensed, precondensing.
recondense, verb, recondensed, recondensing.
uncondensing, adjective
1. compress, consolidate. 2. digest, epitomize, abstract, abbreviate. See contract.
1. expand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for condense
  • To condense a longer story: one of those flashes apparently was the flash from a red-light camera.
  • The energy is used to heat the brine, partially evaporating it, and to condense the resulting water vapour.
  • They form when humid air cools enough for water vapor to condense into droplets or ice crystals.
  • More water droplets condense and freeze on these seeds, forming snow.
  • The warm air rises and is cooled by the wind, which causes the water vapor in it to condense into clouds.
  • In that design, when air comes in contact with the conduit, the cold temperature causes water to condense on it.
  • Parisians tend to condense their work into short periods of time.
  • Different temperatures cause water vapor to condense and form mist over a lake.
  • More water in the air would be more water to condense and produce precipitation.
  • Planets form from disks of swirling material that condense into solid bodies.
British Dictionary definitions for condense


(transitive) 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 Forms
condensable, condensible, adjective
condensability, condensibility, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin condēnsāre, from dēnsāre to make thick, from dēnsusdense
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Word Origin and History for condense

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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