Definition of condense in English:



  • 1with object Make (something) denser or more concentrated.

    ‘the morning play on Saturday was condensed into a half-hour package’
    • ‘I'd be hard-pressed to condense it in a single CD, which would be the fourth from these sessions.’
    • ‘Major League Baseball has joined with an internet service to record, digitize and condense a typical three hour game to 30 minutes.’
    • ‘Each two-decade period is assigned an overarching theme giving it a broad historical overview while serving to limit and condense the curatorial scope.’
    • ‘Dove's goal was to condense the operas so that none of them exceeded three hours of performance time.’
    • ‘They'd obviously decided against giving over the whole show to him, and instead managed to condense a day of his life into two and a half minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Going into the last and final round, the scheduled 12 rounder had been squashed up, squeezed down and condensed into the space of three minutes.’
    • ‘Puns that are central in dreams indicate that one of the most important processes of the unconscious is condensing ideas, putting them in short form.’
    • ‘Forced to condense her ideas, Klein has made them sharper and more entertaining.’
    • ‘So much had passed, all of which was condensed into a few short weeks.’
    • ‘A great deal of work had had to be condensed into a relatively short period of time.’
    • ‘They managed to condense their dad's career in record time with power charged renderings of his greatest hits helped visually by the large screen photographic montage.’
    • ‘There are times when the movie (especially the investigative sequences) has a rushed feel, as if a lot of action is being condensed into a short span of time.’
    • ‘Irish rugby bosses have reluctantly agreed to go along with a move by the Six Nations committee to condense the programme from 2003 into seven weeks.’
    • ‘With so many entries it's not been easy to condense them down to a reasonable sized list.’
    • ‘Degraded nuclei (without nucleoli) are further condensed and fragmented.’
    • ‘There are at least a dozen developed characters condensed into the two hour running time.’
    1. 1.1 Express (written or spoken material) in fewer words; make concise.
      ‘he condensed the three plays into a three-hour drama’
      • ‘One of Rivera's greatest gifts was his ability to condense a complex historical subject down to its most essential parts.’
      • ‘Of course, it'll take one hell of a writer to be able to pull of the job of condensing that much material.’
      • ‘This is condensed from an essay Siegel wrote for the New York Observer.’
      • ‘The core idea of the Truman Doctrine, which I have italicized above, eventually condensed into one word: containment.’
      • ‘The wordy script, condensed from a hefty novel, never flags due to solid acting from the central characters.’
      • ‘The first half is pretty faithful to the book; the rest is much more rushed and condensed.’
      • ‘The sample guide included here has been condensed to conserve space.’
      • ‘The bigger the message and the greater its urgency, the easier it is to condense and simplify words and sentences.’
      • ‘It might be that some books can't be condensed into two hour films with total success.’
      • ‘True, some of this material could have been condensed.’
      • ‘Knowledge of the Vedas has been condensed into 555 short lines.’
      • ‘All three are examples of great learning condensed into an accessible form.’
      abridge, shorten, cut, abbreviate, compress, compact, contract, telescope
      abridged, shortened, cut, cut-down, concise, contracted, compressed, abbreviated, reduced, truncated
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  • 2Change or cause to change from a gas or vapour to a liquid.

    no object ‘the moisture vapour in the air condenses into droplets of water’
    with object ‘the cold air was condensing his breath’
    • ‘Then, while still contracting, the star cools through yellow and red-hot, and the protyle condenses into progressively heavier elements.’
    • ‘In this situation however an equilibrium will be reached between the number of molecules evaporating and the number of molecules condensing back into the liquid phase.’
    • ‘LNG is simply natural gas which has been cooled so that it condenses into a liquid.’
    • ‘When the air condenses into small, lumpy, low pockets of cloud, this is cumulus.’
    • ‘The researchers believe that the spherules formed as the plume of vaporized rock cooled, condensing as liquefied droplets.’
    • ‘It is almost as if it has condensed on the morning sun as well.’
    • ‘Dew condensed on the windshield of the pick-up.’
    • ‘Air rising to pass over the mountains cools and the water vapour condenses into cloud, rain and, if it is cold enough, snow.’
    • ‘When water vapour condenses, it generates precipitation and heats the air in ways that influence downwind ecosystems, as described later.’
    • ‘As the air rises it cools and the moisture contained within it condenses into clouds and eventually it rains.’
    • ‘Fog forms when the air cools to a point at which water vapor in it begins to condense into tiny water droplets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the humid outdoor air enters the walls and encounters cooler wall cavities, it condenses into liquid water.’
    • ‘Interior water vapor can also move into the attic space and condense on the gable ends, causing paint peeling there.’
    • ‘Care had to be taken to prevent warm air from contacting the slide during all transfers because water condensed on the cold tissue and provided a path for glucose migration.’
    • ‘The worm was a coil that was immersed into cold water and it was there that the alcohol vapour condensed into liquid.’
    • ‘The male sperm reaches the female egg by swimming through the dew which has condensed on the moss's surface.’
    • ‘The moisture in the air condenses into droplets as it passes over the cold surfaces in the dehumidifier and into a container.’
    • ‘This creates enough pressure to force the ammonia vapour into another vessel, where it condenses into a liquid.’
    • ‘The storms act as a pump, moving warm, moist air into the atmosphere, where it condenses into liquid water or ice and eventually falls back to Earth.’
    precipitate, liquefy, become liquid, deliquesce, liquidize
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Late Middle English: from Old French condenser or Latin condensare, from condensus ‘very thick’, from con- ‘completely’ + densus ‘dense’.