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[kuh n-dish-uh-ner] /kənˈdɪʃ ə nər/
a person or thing that conditions.
something added to a substance to increase its usability, as a water softener.
a cream or liquid preparation applied to the hair or skin, especially for its emollient qualities.
a trainer of athletes.
Textiles. a person who conditions fibers or fabrics.
Origin of conditioner
1590-1600; condition + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for conditioner
  • If only a nuclear bomb could generate electricity, run an air conditioner or light a study lamp.
  • The shop's shelves were full, and both the freezer and the air conditioner were working.
  • Nina closed her windows and shut her air conditioner flues.
  • Though they still won't let me bring four ounces of conditioner onto the plane.
  • The water sourced air conditioner backpacks should have produced frequent explosive vapour discharges.
  • The ceiling-mounted air conditioner has a reasonably responsive thermostat.
  • Imagine your heater talking to your air conditioner and your room lighting.
  • Around midday, the cooling mode kicks in, and the device shuts off the building's regular air conditioner for a six-hour cycle.
  • The electricity needed to run a heater and air conditioner is significant.
  • The problem is induction motors in refrigerators and air-conditioner.
British Dictionary definitions for conditioner


a person or thing that conditions
a substance, esp a cosmetic, applied to something to improve its condition: hair conditioner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conditioner

c.1600, "a bargainer," agent noun from condition (v.). Meaning "an agent that brings something into good condition" is from 1888; since c.1960 usually in reference to hair care products. For about 20 years before that, it often was short for air conditioner.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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