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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 condenses
  • They form high in the atmosphere when the mixture of water vapor in aircraft exhaust and air condenses and freezes.
  • The ammonia dissolves into the water, and the butane condenses into liquid, which sits atop the water-ammonia mixture.
  • Water from the volume is absorbed into the air where it condenses and then drips into a collection system.
  • When water vapour condenses into cloud droplets it gives up energy and warms the surrounding air.
  • Cooling the steam condenses it into water, leaving behind a vacuum.
  • Concentrated seawater is left at the bottom of the chambers, and freshwater vapour condenses above.
  • As it rises, the moisture condenses to form clouds, which are jostled by internal turbulence.
  • With no outward pressure from fusion to counterbalance gravity's inward pull, the star condenses and collapses in upon itself.
  • At cooler temperatures, water vapor condenses into liquid droplets that form clouds.
  • Later, the vapor condenses and falls as rain or snow.
British Dictionary definitions for condenses


(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 condenses



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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