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Condense vs Evaporate - What's the difference?

condense | evaporate |

In transitive terms the difference between condense and evaporate

is that condense is to decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence while evaporate is to give vent to; to dissipate.

As an adjective condense

is condensed; compact; dense.



Alternative forms

* condence


  • To decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence.
  • An abridged dictionary can be further condensed to pocket size.
    Boiling off water condenses a thin sauce into a soupier mixture.
  • To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate.
  • * Milton
  • In what shape they choose, / Dilated or condensed , bright or obscure.
  • * Motley
  • The secret course pursued at Brussels and at Madrid may be condensed into the usual formula, dissimulation, procrastination, and again dissimulation.
  • (chemistry) To transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state via condensation.
  • Synonyms

    * (to decrease size or volume) minify


    * extend * magnify


    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Condensed; compact; dense.
  • The huge condense bodies of planets. — Bentley.




  • to transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state
  • to expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion
  • to evaporate apples
  • to give vent to; to dissipate
  • * Sir H. Wotton
  • My lord of Essex evaporated his thoughts in a sonnet.
  • (figuratively) to disappear; to escape or pass off without effect
  • * Francis Bacon
  • To give moderate liberty for griefs and discontents to evaporate is a safe way.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=March 2 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The hosts initially looked like they lacked a spring in their step, but fears of further agony evaporated in the seventh minute with a goal of typical Arsenal quality.}}