Definition of condense in English:



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

    ‘the limestones of the Jurassic age are condensed into a mere 11 feet’
    • ‘I'd be hard-pressed to condense it in a single CD, which would be the fourth from these sessions.’
    • ‘There are at least a dozen developed characters condensed into the two hour running time.’
    • ‘Dove's goal was to condense the operas so that none of them exceeded three hours of performance time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A great deal of work had had to be condensed into a relatively short period of time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So much had passed, all of which was condensed into a few short weeks.’
    • ‘Each two-decade period is assigned an overarching theme giving it a broad historical overview while serving to limit and condense the curatorial scope.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Forced to condense her ideas, Klein has made them sharper and more entertaining.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Major League Baseball has joined with an internet service to record, digitize and condense a typical three hour game to 30 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Express (a piece of writing or speech) in fewer words; make concise.
      ‘he condensed the three plays into a three-hour drama’
      • ‘The bigger the message and the greater its urgency, the easier it is to condense and simplify words and sentences.’
      • ‘Of course, it'll take one hell of a writer to be able to pull of the job of condensing that much material.’
      • ‘True, some of this material could have been condensed.’
      • ‘The first half is pretty faithful to the book; the rest is much more rushed and condensed.’
      • ‘Knowledge of the Vedas has been condensed into 555 short lines.’
      • ‘The wordy script, condensed from a hefty novel, never flags due to solid acting from the central characters.’
      • ‘All three are examples of great learning condensed into an accessible form.’
      • ‘One of Rivera's greatest gifts was his ability to condense a complex historical subject down to its most essential parts.’
      • ‘This is condensed from an essay Siegel wrote for the New York Observer.’
      • ‘It might be that some books can't be condensed into two hour films with total success.’
      • ‘The core idea of the Truman Doctrine, which I have italicized above, eventually condensed into one word: containment.’
      • ‘The sample guide included here has been condensed to conserve space.’
      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 vapor to a liquid.

    [no object] ‘the moisture vapor in the air condenses into droplets of water’
    [with object] ‘the cold air was condensing his breath’
    • ‘This creates enough pressure to force the ammonia vapour into another vessel, where it condenses into a liquid.’
    • ‘The researchers believe that the spherules formed as the plume of vaporized rock cooled, condensing as liquefied droplets.’
    • ‘The moisture in the air condenses into droplets as it passes over the cold surfaces in the dehumidifier and into a container.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When water vapour condenses, it generates precipitation and heats the air in ways that influence downwind ecosystems, as described later.’
    • ‘Dew condensed on the windshield of the pick-up.’
    • ‘As the air rises it cools and the moisture contained within it condenses into clouds and eventually it rains.’
    • ‘The worm was a coil that was immersed into cold water and it was there that the alcohol vapour condensed into liquid.’
    • ‘When the air condenses into small, lumpy, low pockets of cloud, this is cumulus.’
    • ‘LNG is simply natural gas which has been cooled so that it condenses into a liquid.’
    • ‘Interior water vapor can also move into the attic space and condense on the gable ends, causing paint peeling there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The male sperm reaches the female egg by swimming through the dew which has condensed on the moss's surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Air rising to pass over the mountains cools and the water vapour condenses into cloud, rain and, if it is cold enough, snow.’
    • ‘Fog forms when the air cools to a point at which water vapor in it begins to condense into tiny water droplets.’
    • ‘As the humid outdoor air enters the walls and encounters cooler wall cavities, it condenses into liquid water.’
    • ‘It is almost as if it has condensed on the morning sun as well.’
    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.