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noun condition pronunciation in American English /kənˈdɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularcondition
pluralconditions
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the physical state of something

    The survey will assess the condition of thousands of bridges.

    in good/bad/terrible etc. condition:

    The house is in fairly good condition.

    1. b.
      used for talking about how sick a person in a hospital is

      His condition deteriorated overnight and he died the following day.

      in a serious/critical condition:

      A hospital spokesperson said the victim was in a serious condition.

  2. 2

    conditions

    [plural] the situation or environment in which something happens or exists

    Demand will remain low unless there is a change in economic conditions.

    condition for:

    the necessary conditions for the formation of sand dunes

    under difficult/appalling conditions:

    The rescue was carried out under extremely difficult conditions.

    create the conditions (for something):

    The teacher creates the conditions that will allow the children to learn.

    1. a.
      the environment in which people must live and work

      He dedicated his life to improving prison conditions.

      in terrible/appalling conditions:

      Many of the refugees are living in appalling conditions without clean water.

    2. b.
      the weather, especially when it is bad

      The storm brought freezing conditions across much of the state.

      in wet/windy conditions:

      Both teams played well in difficult windy conditions.

    3. c.
      [singular] formal life and the situations that people have to deal with, especially when this is difficult

      The reforms actually worsened the condition of people in rural communities.

      the human condition:

      philosophers exploring the human condition

  3. 3
    [countable] something that must be true or be done before another thing can happen, especially as part of an agreement, law, or contract

    It is a condition of his release that he stays away from his ex-wife.

    meet/satisfy conditions:

    In order to qualify for the loan you have to meet strict financial conditions.

    lay down/impose conditions:

    The company is going to challenge the conditions imposed by the export controls.

    terms and conditions:

    Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully before signing the contract.

  4. 4
    [countable] an illness or health problem that lasts a long time and affects the way you live
    heart/liver/lung condition:

    David has a severe heart condition.

    medical condition:

    Do both of the children suffer from the same medical condition?

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