Definition of condition in English:



  • 1[mass noun], [usually with adjective] The state of something with regard to its appearance, quality, or working order.

    ‘the wiring is in good condition’
    [in singular] ‘the bridge is in an extremely dangerous condition’
    • ‘Subsequent inspection by another garage well versed in Minis revealed that the car was in extremely dangerous condition.’
    • ‘A topping height of 6 cm will leave paddocks in good condition to produce quality grass for subsequent rotations.’
    • ‘In addition to smell, sneakers are judged on appearance and overall condition.’
    • ‘Finally, rate how well the ceilings have been able to retain their appearance and condition.’
    • ‘Since the aircraft is being built to airworthy condition, the best quality materials are being used.’
    • ‘This less-than-desirable condition indirectly impacts air quality and energy costs.’
    • ‘It boasts numerous rare and unique examples of the highest quality in exceptional condition.’
    • ‘Sections of the footpaths are in an extremely dangerous condition, and all the more so given that it is our old folk who use them most.’
    • ‘Cosmetics are products designed to improve the appearance and condition of the body.’
    • ‘Less than two percent of the Chapman and Greenough river foreshores are regarded as in excellent condition.’
    • ‘However, he then came to think about the poor quality and condition of his people's clothing back home in Korea.’
    • ‘The yacht is powered by two 675 hp diesel engines, fully equipped with high quality furnishings in top condition.’
    • ‘This Monday, an ice storm once again left the university parking lots in extremely unsafe and dangerous condition.’
    • ‘Thankfully, our chosen casks were in good condition so we ordered fresh samples for our final selection to be forwarded to Kendal.’
    • ‘This property is most likely to appeal to golfing enthusiasts looking for a modern, high quality home in walk-in condition.’
    • ‘These items were in good working order and condition; they are now completely defunct.’
    • ‘But they also feel the present road condition could be dangerous at times.’
    • ‘It is clearly unsafe and in a very dangerous condition.’
    • ‘The Holy Trinity Church is one of the West's architectural treasures but the cost of maintaining it in such condition is extremely high.’
    • ‘That care shows most in the quality and condition of the Czech cars on display.’
    state, shape, order
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    1. 1.1A person's or animal's state of health or physical fitness.
      ‘the baby was in good condition at birth’
      [in singular] ‘she was in a serious condition’
      • ‘The submission is that his condition should properly be regarded as at the top end of the ‘moderately severe’ class.’
      • ‘Sometimes we hold onto animals to monitor their physical condition or to check their paperwork.’
      • ‘High-quality and sufficient sleep ensures an energetic physical condition and a good mental outlook.’
      • ‘Asked if a second operation would have made a difference he said it would have probably improved his condition but was dangerous given his clinical history.’
      • ‘Actual gains for specific animals will be dependent on their physical condition.’
      • ‘He was taken to hospital with a gaping hole burnt in his neck; his condition was regarded as hopeless.’
      • ‘Breaking the sound barrier in his condition was a dangerous move.’
      • ‘Not wanting to take chances, now the puppies are given syrup as a booster dose to improve their health condition, says the animal keeper.’
      • ‘Get yourself into good physical condition before you even consider racing’
      • ‘Peter demonstrated his own physical condition and belief in physical fitness by taking part in many of the exercises himself.’
      • ‘His physical condition is likely to be important in considering whether he has reached the requisite degree of distress.’
      • ‘I was shocked by her appearance, her weak condition and the fact that the trolley was vibrating with her trembling.’
      • ‘What then happens to that animal depends on its species and the individual's physical condition.’
      • ‘The job applicants were evaluated in eight categories, including physical condition, health and personality.’
      • ‘Was Scott's condition or appearance such as to show that he obviously needed attention?’
      • ‘He was given antibiotics and kept under constant observation but it was decided to monitor him intermittently when his condition appeared to improve.’
      • ‘Children, the old and people in weak physical condition or with an impaired immune system are less able to resist such diseases.’
      • ‘Although after the accident his condition was grave, his parents were given some hope when it appeared his condition was stabilising.’
      • ‘It merely inhibits him and irritates his dangerous psychological condition.’
      • ‘It appears that his condition deteriorated and he is currently in ICU.’
      fitness, physical fitness, health, state of health, form, shape, trim, fettle
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    2. 1.2[count noun], [often with modifier]An illness or other medical problem.
      ‘a heart condition’
      • ‘In order to diagnose this condition, I am going to have to make a lot of assumptions based on e-mail.’
      • ‘In order to treat this condition, you will need to visit the vet.’
      • ‘The most dangerous thing about this condition is that it is so contagious.’
      • ‘Little Stephen has been diagnosed with chronic bronchialitis, a serious asthmatic condition.’
      • ‘Altering a gene in order to treat one condition may leave the patient vulnerable to other problems.’
      • ‘I suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a most distressing and dangerous condition which dictates my life completely.’
      • ‘An accurate diagnosis of this condition is mandatory in order to avoid unnecessary treatments.’
      • ‘The patient had rheumatoid arthritis, a condition associated with pyoderma gangrenosum.’
      • ‘This condition appears in close to one per cent of the population.’
      • ‘When symptoms return, this is regarded as another condition for which yet another treatment must be found.’
      • ‘Severe haemorrhage, if untreated, is a very dangerous condition.’
      • ‘Although this is an extremely difficult condition to live with, Eloise was in high spirits throughout the trip.’
      • ‘The condition was detected extremely quickly, and the club and Lisbie thanked the nursing staff who cared for the player.’
      • ‘It is a potentially dangerous condition, as it can cause severe internal bleeding.’
      • ‘Anorexia is a very dangerous condition - the ultimate survival rate is quite low.’
      • ‘The mortality appears high when this condition occurs at the extremes of age.’
      • ‘Self-injurious behaviour is an extremely difficult and distressing condition for staff to manage.’
      • ‘Doctors considered he had already lived longer than expected with his condition but his health was deteriorating all the time.’
      • ‘Obesity is a dangerous and highly prevalent condition in the United States.’
      • ‘A higher seat and shorter crank are usually what the doctor orders for this condition.’
      disorder, problem, defect, disease, illness, complaint, ailment, weakness, infirmity, malady, indisposition, malaise, sickness, affliction, infection, upset
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    3. 1.3[in singular]The situation in life of a particular group.
      ‘the sorrows of the human condition’
      • ‘Rank, social position, economic condition have no direct effect on the gradation from the standpoint of caste.’
      • ‘In our new mobile condition we minimise social encounters with strangers on the street and avoid face-to-face contact.’
      • ‘Alleged experts on the human condition voiced concern that the recipients would be somehow damaged.’
      • ‘The ravaging of Africa by these forces and the desperate condition of its population are deeply felt.’
      • ‘To force everyone into being one way is not respecting the complexities of the human condition.’
      • ‘What is important is their political and social condition and their status as Indian citizens.’
      • ‘He saw radical skepticism as a necessary consequence of the misery of the human condition.’
      • ‘What, then, determines how people propose to better their condition or achieve social approval?’
      • ‘How does the art of the colonized Africans express their social and political condition?’
      • ‘They hope to change their current economic or social condition, either through education or a job.’
      • ‘The social condition of the entire Gujarat state has changed after the riots and it had an impact on me and my family also.’
      • ‘Artists through the ages have formed questions, comments and concerns about the human condition.’
      • ‘People need the wherewithal to live and the prospect of improving their condition, plus reasonable freedom of expression.’
      • ‘To leave the world a bit better by thought, deed, or redeemed social condition.’
      • ‘She was a very fine commentator on the social condition of Victorian England.’
      • ‘Marx reduced man to being entirely defined by his social condition.’
      • ‘Women and men of any ethnic group, any age, any social condition are seeing their innocent lives destroyed.’
      • ‘Psychology addresses this situation by attempting to address the human condition.’
      • ‘He may have been the first general in history to declare war on his own population in order to improve their condition!’
      • ‘Like his paintings, his opportunities too are limited by his social condition.’
    4. 1.4archaic Social position.
      ‘those of humbler condition’
      • ‘Born in December 1864, in Fère-en-Tardenois, France, Camille grew up in a family of humble condition.’
      • ‘It is good for such boys to measure themselves with their equals in age, of a humbler condition in life.’
      standing, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place
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  • 2The circumstances or factors affecting the way in which people live or work, especially with regard to their well-being.

    ‘harsh working conditions’
    • ‘Difficult social and economic conditions are not regarded as grounds for granting asylum, Ask said.’
    • ‘Workers and their families continued living in wretched conditions in the shadows of the buildings they had made.’
    • ‘It was further agreed that no person is expected to continue living in conditions unfit for human habitation.’
    • ‘The bigger concern is living bodies, people living in unsanitary conditions.’
    • ‘We still have much more to do, as too many are still living in poor conditions denied the opportunities that many of the rest of us have.’
    • ‘It's not part of our national consciousness - the conditions under which people live in Iraq, Rwanda, Paraguay.’
    • ‘Most of them have little education and live in poor economic conditions.’
    • ‘We would not have to do so if we didn't have so many people who have no pride or concern for the conditions in which they live.’
    • ‘Although we were living in poor conditions, we were all so happy.’
    • ‘Migrant labor populations live in poor economic conditions, compared to native residents.’
    • ‘This can be attributed to the changing living conditions of the people.’
    • ‘It was also aimed at revealing the poor conditions under which people lived in the province.’
    • ‘However, Benin is improving the health and living conditions of its people.’
    • ‘Soldiers make low salaries and in many cases live in quite poor conditions.’
    • ‘She is living with them in conditions of domestic comfort but emotional torpor in White Point, a fishing community north of Perth.’
    • ‘Is society not responsible for the conditions in which people live?’
    • ‘Most of these captive elephants live in dirty conditions and suffer from poor treatment and callous management.’
    • ‘This time, the floods had hit families living under better socio-economic conditions.’
    • ‘With respect to refugees, we accept that many have had to live in extreme conditions.’
    • ‘A proper sense of proportion requires us to have regard to the conditions in which hospitals and doctors have to work.’
    circumstances, surroundings
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    1. 2.1The factors or prevailing situation influencing the performance or outcome of a process.
      ‘present market conditions’
      • ‘Environmental conditions may present risk factors whether inside or outdoors.’
      • ‘Most of the quality traits show a continuous variation, strongly influenced by environmental conditions.’
      • ‘Once we understand these issues, then we can try to set the conditions for a reversal process.’
      • ‘In only 12 states can teacher pay vary at all based on performance or marketplace conditions.’
      • ‘In this manner, we launched the process of creating the conditions for a true free market.’
      • ‘The influence of different conditions during the combustion process was investigated by altering the speed and load of the test engine.’
      • ‘With this larger sample, it would be possible to take into account the influence of local conditions over cultural factors.’
      • ‘There are few comprehensive explorations of their performance under actual field conditions.’
      • ‘For the private sector employer, the ability to vary the cost base to market conditions and company performance is vital.’
      • ‘Present market conditions are more favorable now than they have been for a long time.’
      • ‘Ideally we would want to replicate the in vivo conditions and mimic the outcome of nuclear division in vivo.’
      • ‘He cannot let external conditions exert influence upon the results of his thinking.’
      • ‘Can we hope to find a mathematical model (in other words a stochastic process) satisfying these conditions?’
      • ‘It then addresses the processes and geochemical conditions at the time of deposition that controlled the observed isotopic signal.’
      • ‘In the market conditions which now prevail, you can choose your supplier.’
      • ‘Other authorial alterations were not due to censorship but to changes in time, space, or other conditions of performance.’
      • ‘Under some conditions, path dependent processes can lead to outcomes that are inefficient.’
      • ‘Samples were stored in reduced media and anaerobic conditions until further processing.’
      • ‘The sector performed well, despite tough trading conditions in key markets.’
      • ‘We know neither the conditions then nor the processes by which life ignited.’
      circumstances, context, conditions, situation, environment, milieu, scene, scenario, framework, atmosphere
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    2. 2.2The prevailing state of the weather, ground, or sea at a particular time, especially as it affects a sporting event.
      ‘the appalling conditions determined the style of play’
      • ‘The weather conditions had grounded the air ambulance usually used for the transfer.’
      • ‘Weather conditions, ground conditions, selection policies, and match fixes are too innumerable to measure or adjust for.’
      • ‘Pleasant weather conditions should prevail from Sunday to next Thursday.’
      • ‘Terrain and unpredictable weather conditions affect communications at high altitudes.’
      • ‘Again, the advance was halted because of the appalling conditions on the ground.’
      • ‘This was a tremendous achievement for Seamus, as the weather conditions were appalling.’
      • ‘The weather conditions were not particularly good, but it was a really enjoyable day.’
      • ‘Annual variability in weather conditions may also affect timing of surveys.’
      • ‘The reactions of vines and grapes to seasonal conditions or weather events can also differ widely according to soil type within an area.’
      • ‘This was back in the days when aircraft were much more susceptible to being grounded due to weather conditions.’
      • ‘In the event of unkind weather conditions, the show will be moved indoors.’
      • ‘However, the speed of walking and underfoot conditions would preclude certain outcomes.’
      • ‘The ceremony was witnessed by about a hundred people, in atrocious weather conditions, but the event still went off well.’
      • ‘The conditions had a major influence on this game with a strong, gusting wind blowing up the field, bringing with it freezing showers of rain and hail.’
      • ‘These occur naturally, particularly when weather conditions are wet and warm.’
      • ‘This is because of the North's cooler climactic conditions and past Islamic influence.’
      • ‘This is a very important feature, particularly under severe weather conditions.’
      • ‘Their success was built on an excellent defensive performance in blustery conditions.’
      • ‘The heat wave weather conditions of the weekend added to the enjoyment of the occasion.’
      • ‘Work in this area was originally postponed due to poor ground conditions and inclement weather.’
  • 3A situation that must exist before something else is possible or permitted.

    ‘for a member to borrow money, three conditions have to be met’
    ‘all personnel should comply with this policy as a condition of employment’
    • ‘Agent causation, it may be argued, is a condition of the possibility of morally responsible agency.’
    • ‘They were given no ownership of the concept and took no real part in the process that decided the conditions and clauses in the bill.’
    • ‘As a condition of the licence, both the adult and child must order a meal.’
    • ‘I have argued that participatory democracy is an element and condition of social justice.’
    • ‘As regards the second condition, peaceful relations have indeed developed among the consolidated democracies of the West.’
    • ‘All three face being struck off if they are found guilty of running the practice in order to circumvent conditions imposed by the Law Society.’
    • ‘A condition of the money is that the actors encourage participation in the wider community.’
    • ‘Mr Johnson recommends that a condition of acceptance is that windows and doors must be kept shut to minimise noise.’
    • ‘A condition of entry is that the beef must meet all EU veterinary and hygiene standards.’
    • ‘After an initial spell at a university, I was required, as a condition of the fellowship, to visit at least three of America's larger regions.’
    • ‘As a condition of her bail she must return to a London police station on April 4.’
    • ‘The same condition has not been regarded as necessary when the initiative is taken by a State.’
    • ‘Safety will be high on the agenda this year and all anglers will be required as a condition of entry to wear a life jacket.’
    • ‘It was he who suggested that they have a child - in fact he demanded it as a condition of staying with her.’
    • ‘With regard to the second condition, the ruling elite has severe reservations regarding Merkel.’
    • ‘But a condition of the package is the 89 islanders must repay £1m to the Land Fund within two years.’
    • ‘They then agree to allow the surviving parent to live there - which must not be a condition of the will.’
    • ‘The payment required by this section is taken to be a condition of every aquaculture permit.’
    • ‘He added that the smells could be got up to three miles away and there was no doubt the company had breached the conditions with regard to smell.’
    • ‘The bail out comes with conditions relating to restructuring and rationalisation and follows two reports on the theatre.’
    stipulation, constraint, prerequisite, precondition, requirement, rule, term, specification, provision, proviso, qualification
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  • 1Have a significant influence on or determine (the manner or outcome of something)

    ‘national choices are conditioned by the international political economy’
    • ‘The gods were derived from the world of nature for the simple reason that life in Mesopotamia was controlled or conditioned by the seasons.’
    • ‘How to distinguish the accidental from the fixed, given that the fixed cannot enter into the world without covering itself in some form, which is itself conditioned by the concrete circumstances?’
    • ‘In this network, the behaviour of each is heavily conditioned by the behaviour of others.’
    • ‘As the result makes clear, democratic peace, if it exists, is conditioned by economic development.’
    • ‘The supposed privacy and sanctity of the home are very relative concepts, whose application is heavily conditioned by racial and economic status.’
    • ‘So I think that the judgement as to what is a legitimate religion is always value-laden and conditioned by our social and cultural values.’
    • ‘Individual diet is also strongly conditioned by local economic conditions.’
    • ‘Child poverty levels are also affected by economic changes that condition the job security and income levels of their guardians.’
    • ‘In contrast, the approach of Tehran's realists is conditioned by the requirements of the nation-state and its demands for stability.’
    • ‘Gelbard's call for civilian control over the Indonesian military is also conditioned by longer-term economic considerations.’
    • ‘Marriage, likewise, is conditioned by the values and sensibilities of the social context.’
    • ‘The relations between the revelation to Muhammad and the earlier revelations are thus conditioned by the ongoing, looming presence of God and by the nature of the revelation to Muhammad.’
    • ‘In particular, this study has shown that social factors condition individuals' economic conduct.’
    • ‘But there is now a narrative of the left… which sees in the US an imperial predator whose actions - all actions - are conditioned by this aspect of its being.’
    • ‘Politics here is completely conditioned by an armed band that wants to impose its criteria through extortion and killing.’
    • ‘But insofar as the development of capitalism has been decisively conditioned by the simultaneous deployment of the project of social and individual autonomy, modernity is finished.’
    • ‘That effect may be conditioned on the influence of outside factors and participant attributes and may change over time.’
    • ‘And I think that is conditioned by the winter approach and by Ramadan.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the inevitability of economic conflicts conditions the existence of arms.’
    • ‘It is this subtle consciousness, conditioned by all of our previous karma, that exits the body at death and carries along with it our entire karmic history.’
    constrain, control, govern, determine, decide
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    1. 1.1Train or accustom to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.
      ‘our minds are heavily conditioned and circumscribed by habit’
      [with object and infinitive] ‘they are beliefs which he has been conditioned to accept’
      ‘social conditioning’
      • ‘We will always have to acknowledge that the natural self, and the human passions, are shaped and conditioned by forces of culture, learning, and history.’
      • ‘We've been conditioned to accept discrimination because for a long time we believed we were what the majority said we were: defective.’
      • ‘We have become conditioned into being, behaving, reacting to any situation in a certain way, and we perpetuate this conditioning by the way we think.’
      • ‘But I would also say there is a pleasure in self-display that should be shared with those men and boys who have been conditioned into thinking that the only gratification and power is in looking.’
      • ‘It's almost like listening to a lighthouse keeper who's conditioned to pause every five seconds, whether the foghorn's on or not.’
      • ‘I had to actually ask what that meant in terms of the APR and in two cases they even had to go and look it up because they've been so conditioned into only revealing the monthly figure.’
      • ‘It is simply that, although human beings are conditioned by social circumstances into behaving in atrocious ways, those circumstances must have something to operate on.’
      • ‘As a result of our meat-centred culture, we have been conditioned to think that a meal is necessarily the meat that is included.’
      • ‘We have forgotten the supreme controller as we have been conditioned to accept the material world as containing everything that we need.’
      • ‘Both boys and girls were being conditioned into adopting this stereotyped image of men and women and this indirectly affected their personalities, the study has pointed out.’
      • ‘They are beliefs which he has been conditioned to accept.’
      • ‘The Kaisers were also tired of being conditioned to accept everyone else's values, and when their pursuit of fame turned on them and failed them, they were sick of that too.’
      • ‘It was that I had been conditioned into making a grab for a seat, by watching everyone else do the same thing and deciding to copy them.’
      • ‘This freeplay of subjects has been conditioned by his internalisation through years of experimenting with them.’
      • ‘Mr Noon is right - we, the public, looking back, have been conditioned to have only one reaction: ‘What's the point of objecting!’’
      • ‘Why is it that New Zealanders condition themselves to accept 4 percent growth?’
      • ‘The audience has been actively conditioned into being receptive.’
      • ‘If stepping back is possible, then rationality and thought are not entirely conditioned by language and circumstance.’
      • ‘The bottom line is that we are all being fleeced and are being conditioned to accept less and less every year and pay more for it.’
      • ‘Al Qaeda's preference for huge statements, for bold acts of extreme violence in place of a long term incremental strategy, appeals to the expectations of a society which is conditioned by the same global imagery as the west.’
      train, teach, educate, coach, tutor, guide, groom, drill, accustom, adapt, habituate, mould, inure
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  • 2Bring (something) into the desired state for use.

    ‘a product for conditioning leather’
    • ‘Synaptic function recorded in the same region is protected against thermal stress by both prior thermal conditioning and exogenous Hsp 70 application.’
    • ‘This separates analog signal conditioning in hardware from digital signal processing in software and results in significant advantages.’
    • ‘Wax cleaners and bodywork conditioning shampoos keep the exteriors looking new while upholstery cleaner sprays take care of the seats and door panels.’
    • ‘Besides, being outside was much better, what with Pacific trade winds conditioning our air.’
    • ‘In some of the experiments eggs obtained from the infected females were conditioned for 30 days prior to hatching.’
    • ‘The cost of professionally produced and conditioned seed of agronomic crops is only two to four percent of the cost of production.’
    • ‘The slabs or sheet bars are then conditioned prior to being hot rolled on a finishing mill.’
    • ‘He invented a device for putting water vapor into the air to condition yarn produced in textile plants.’
    • ‘The pouches were conditioned at ASTM standard test conditions for 48 hours prior to testing.’
    • ‘Redwing boots also sells products to help you condition your boots, like Boot Oil or Mink Oil.’
    • ‘To comply with these demands requires optimum training, conditioning and preparation on a full-time basis - there is no compromise on this.’
    • ‘But the calcium scale produced when conditioned water is heated will still produce scum with soap, and will not dissolve existing scale.’
    • ‘In addition to preparing, training and conditioning ourselves for war, we must also chart the Army Reserve's course in Army Transformation.’
    • ‘Then there are the lime products produced as part of the purification process which are sold under the LimeX brand for soil conditioning - 58,000 tonnes of it.’
    • ‘Perhaps the water needs to be conditioned prior to being separated into hydrogen/oxygen gas.’
    treat, prepare, make ready, ready, prime, temper, process, acclimatize, acclimate, adapt, adjust, soften, season
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    1. 2.1Make (a person or animal) fit and healthy.
      ‘he was six feet two of perfectly conditioned muscle and bone’
      • ‘The strength / conditioning sessions are continuing on Saturdays 12-1pm in Carlow TC.’
      • ‘Their Pilates conditioning studio will also be open soon.’
      • ‘A circuits and body conditioning class will be held upstairs in The CBD Sports Complex, starting on Thursday March 3rd from 8 to 9pm.’
      • ‘Keep doing this with the express intent of conditioning yourself.’
      • ‘Are off-season conditioning programs and individual training regimens preventing injuries or contributing to them?’
      • ‘Aerobics and body conditioning classes are being held in Tolerton Hall each Monday night from 8-9pm.’
      • ‘An aerobic and body conditioning classes are held on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. in the D.D.A.I. Centre in Ballindine.’
      • ‘Julio Franco, 45, still is playing because he is superbly conditioned.’
      • ‘The horse, who is conditioned by trainer Tommy Stack, covered one mile over a firm course in 1: 34.99.’
      • ‘Fortunately, common sense has prevailed and a number of the international players who had been pulled out of pre-season action for a strength and conditioning programme will be released back to their clubs in time.’
      • ‘Combined fat-burning/body conditioning classes have commenced since September 9th at the Anchor night club, Belmullet.’
      • ‘The horse is conditioned by trainer Sid Attard and owned by Tucci Stables and Lucio Tucci.’
      • ‘Bouts can take a very long time and if you're not conditioned you will struggle.’
      • ‘A weights and conditioning expert who has previously worked extensively with rugby teams was introduced, and an intensive weights programme provided for those needing it.’
      • ‘Or if you tell them to do so, do you follow up to be sure they are staying conditioned?’
      • ‘He was previously conditioned by Ken McPeek, who saddled him to his victory in the Belmont Stakes along with his win in the 2002 Sir Barton Stakes.’
      • ‘In a regime devised by his friend and conditioning trainer, ex-paratrooper Owen Lennon, Harrison dons a Bergen rucksack with 30 lb weight in it.’
      • ‘Laffit is conditioned by trainer Frank Olivares.’
      • ‘The bigger players will probably do two strength and two conditioning sessions a week in the gym… some blokes have to put it on and others take it off.’
      • ‘This horse, conditioned by trainer Jerry Atkin, completed the trip over a slow track in 1: 13.28.’
      improve, make healthy, build up, nourish, tone, tone up, get something into shape
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    2. 2.2Bring (beer) to maturation after fermentation while the yeast is still present.
      [in combination] ‘cask-conditioned real ales’
      • ‘It isn't ale, either, and although the bottled versions are bottle conditioned, they are much bubblier than English bottle conditioned beers.’
      • ‘Keg or brewery conditioned beer is produced so that it is ready to drink as soon as it leaves the brewery.’
      • ‘After this it will be stored for conditioning, filtered, then packaged in bottles, cans or kegs.’
      • ‘Her beers are traditionally brewed, mostly organic and bottle conditioned.’
    3. 2.3[no object](of a beer) become conditioned.
      ‘brews that are allowed to condition in the bottle’
      • ‘Until fairly recently bottled Guinness was a real ale: the beer wasn't filtered or pasteurized but allowed to condition in the bottle.’
      • ‘Beers being allowed to condition naturally in the cask calls for a certain care in handling.’
  • 3Apply a conditioner to (the hair)

    ‘I condition my hair regularly’
    • ‘She had conditioned her mousy blond hair so that it was shiny and soft.’
    • ‘Good quality gels will also moisturize and condition your hair for many days.’
    • ‘A new-and-improved formula has the added benefit of jojoba and wheat protein to condition hair as it colors.’
    • ‘By the time his memory was finished, Sam's hair was conditioned and rinsed thoroughly.’
    • ‘After washing and conditioning your hair, comb it from the crown to the ends and let it air-dry.’
    • ‘After shampooing and conditioning, the model sat under the dryer until her hair was 90-percent dry, and then I finished it with a blow-dryer.’
    • ‘I washed my hair with green apple shampoo and conditioned my hair.’
    • ‘Always apply as much hair conditioning protection as possible.’
    • ‘I quickly got to my feet and proceeded to shampoo and condition my hair and then soap my body.’
    • ‘Gabrielle quickly shampooed and conditioned her hair and scrubbed her entire body with some shower gel she hadn't bothered to read.’
    • ‘Bigfish Shampoo is also enriched with panthenol to nourish, moisturize and condition your hair.’
    • ‘Be sure to keep your hair well moisturized and conditioned to counter the sun's damaging effects.’
    • ‘She quickly conditioned her hair and hopped out of the shower.’
    • ‘He took a shower (shampooing and conditioning his hair), brushed his teeth, brushed his hair, and put on clothes that he made sure matched.’
    • ‘Natural and relaxed hair should be conditioned every time you wash.’
    • ‘I don't pause to think and realize that I haven't even shampooed or conditioned my hair yet.’
    • ‘Its four-part conditioning system gives hair a smooth, silky finish.’
    • ‘If I take a shower, the hair is washed and conditioned.’
    • ‘In addition, chemical processes were used to tint, wave, curl, straighten, and condition the hair.’
    • ‘One print ad underscores the company's strategy of focusing on the end-result the product renders: silky, conditioned, luxurious hair.’
  • 4Set prior requirements on (something) before it can occur or be done.

    ‘Congressmen have sought to limit and condition military and economic aid’
    • ‘To model the stochastic yield conditioned upon N levels, we use a conditional beta distribution (Nelson and Preckel).’
    • ‘The prediction equation is from Equation 2, where p ijkl is the probability of the lth QTL genotype conditioned on marker genotype only.’
    • ‘But other Washington players will argue for substantial government assistance conditioned on radical corporate restructuring.’
    • ‘The new refrain is that, while the amendment does indeed protect an individual right, the exercise of this right is conditioned on the existence of and participation in a state militia.’
    • ‘Instead, they now claim that the right, although belonging to individuals, was conditioned on service in an organized militia.’
    • ‘Is it conditioned upon the absence of risk to our own troops?’
    • ‘The server, previously conditioned to listen for specific MAC addresses, responds with the correct IP address for the node.’
    • ‘The council's executive planner indicated there was the potential for overlooking of the neighbouring site from the master bedroom, but that this matter may be conditioned.’
    • ‘Therefore, it can't be conditioned - I mean, the cracking down on these groups can't be conditioned to anything.’
    • ‘My continued support, however, is conditioned on one idea: the war on terror should be voluntarily financed.’
    • ‘In view of its location adjacent to residential development, any such development would have to be designed or conditioned so has not to generate unacceptable environmental problems.’
    • ‘Next, we generated 100 parametric bootstrap replicates conditioned upon this phylogeny and the corresponding estimated model of evolution.’
    • ‘Disease-allele counts, further conditioned on the current count, may be realized by use of rejection sampling, but this is ineffective.’
    • ‘The probability model defines the joint posterior distribution of the model variables, conditioned on the observed marker data Y.’
    • ‘Mr. Parlon said that farmers will not let themselves be conditioned by the trade into taking a lower price for this year's malting barley crops.’
    • ‘For the next 13 years after that, the companies would be prohibited from conditioning promotional money on the prices contained in advertisements they do not pay for.’
    • ‘There's another $40 million that could be paid out over three years, conditioned upon the company meeting certain financial hurdles.’
    • ‘The discretion should be conditioned on the existence of some need to remove the ship from the Australian Territorial sea; and the Act should provide standards by which it is to be exercised.’
    • ‘At the same time, Giolitti, always walking a tightrope between the conservative and progressive components of his own majority, was heavily conditioned in what he could offer.’
    • ‘The Developers have been conditioned by the planners to rebuild this wall, under the supervision of Conservation Architects.’


  • in (or out of) condition

    • In a fit (or unfit) physical state.

      ‘what difference should it make to the coach what I do after hours as long as I keep in condition?’
      ‘‘I'm out of condition,’ she panted’
      • ‘Alma Hodgson, chairwoman, said: ‘The lady felt that her son was too young to use the bike and that it would be out of condition by the time he was old enough.’’
      • ‘Early pre-season practice should stress conditioning and fundamentals because the team must be in condition before the first game.’
      • ‘Now, I know that someone who has great natural shape but is out of condition won't beat someone with a lesser shape who is in condition.’
      • ‘It is a condition of mind in which the mind is out of condition.’
      • ‘Many of the area penners have been practicing and keeping their horses in condition this winter for the first time.’
      • ‘But not every one is going to be in condition to play every three days.’
      • ‘But the fact remains that a worrying number of British children are becoming seriously overweight and out of condition.’
      • ‘Long hair quickly gets out of condition if it isn't treated right.’
      • ‘In the meantime, Ramsden may return to All Blacks during the Knights' off-season to keep in condition.’
      • ‘A horse that is resting its back very quickly gets out of condition and it can take months to restore it to racing fitness.’
      unfit, unhealthy, out of shape, in poor condition, in poor shape, flabby, debilitated, weak, infirm, decrepit
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  • in no condition to do something

    • Certainly not fit or well enough to do something.

      ‘you're in no condition to tackle the stairs’
      • ‘Obviously you are in no condition to think straight.’
      • ‘But off-camera the consensus was that by election time those listed would be in no condition to cast a ballot, let alone offer themselves as candidates.’
      • ‘She certainly was in no condition to drive herself to the hospital, and it didn't appear that she was going to be able to draw anyone near this place anytime soon.’
      • ‘The collapsing Soviet Union was in no condition to dissuade its ally.’
      • ‘But it was obvious he was in no condition to continue.’
  • on condition that

    • With the stipulation that.

      ‘I got three years' probation, on condition that I stay at the hostel for a year’
      • ‘The judge allowed him to walk free but put him on probation for three years on condition that he received medical treatment.’
      • ‘After escaping and being recaptured three times he was allowed his freedom on condition that he left New Zealand.’
      • ‘He was given special leave from school on condition that upon his return he gives a presentation to his year group about his African experiences.’
      • ‘However, it is allowed on condition that claims are filed within the prescribed 12 month period.’
      • ‘They stressed, however, that they would only support this option on condition that there was no reduction in the level of healthcare provision.’
      • ‘On an earlier occasion he had been convicted of an offence of dishonesty, placed on probation on condition that he resided at a mental home for treatment.’
      • ‘He marries the King of Kent's daughter on condition that she be allowed to keep her Christianity.’
      • ‘Reisz had accepted the job on condition that he would be allowed to produce a series of non-advertising documentaries.’
      • ‘The city surrendered on August 10, on condition that the garrison be allowed to leave peacefully.’
      • ‘When he became too old to work on the farm, Banneker sold it to the Ellicot family on condition that he was allowed to live in the farm house for the rest of his days.’
      on condition that, on the assumption that, as long as, given that, with the provision that, with the proviso that, on the understanding that, with the understanding that, if and only if, contingent on, in the event that, allowing that
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Middle English: from Old French condicion (noun), condicionner (verb), from Latin condicio(n-) agreement, from condicere agree upon, from con- with + dicere say.