condense

When you condense something, you cut it down and trim it. You may love every word of your 1000-page novel, but you'll have to condense the plot into a 2-page summary for your editor.

When you condense something, you make it smaller and more compact. If you condense your wardrobe, you get rid things and keep only what you wear most. When a gas or vapor turns to liquid, it condenses. When you take a long, hot shower, the steam condenses in your bathroom, your mirror clouds up, and everything gets damp. Condense comes from Latin con-, “completely” and densus, “thick, dense."

Definitions of condense
  1. verb
    cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid
    “The cold air condensed the steam”
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    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  2. verb
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
    “water condenses
    synonyms: distil, distill
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    type of:
    flux, liquefy, liquify
    become liquid or fluid when heated
  3. verb
    become more compact or concentrated
    “Her feelings condensed
    Synonyms:
    concentrate, contract
    compress or concentrate
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    type of:
    deepen, intensify
    become more intense
  4. verb
    compress or concentrate
    “Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan”
    synonyms: concentrate, contract
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. verb
    remove water from
    condense the milk”
    Synonyms:
    distil, distill
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. verb
    make more concise
    condense the contents of a book into a summary”
    synonyms: concentrate, digest
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    types:
    capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate
    put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
    telescope
    make smaller or shorter
    type of:
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  7. verb
    develop due to condensation
    “All our planets condensed out of the same material”
    Synonyms:
    distil, distill
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
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    type of:
    arise, come up
    result or issue
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