compress - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlecompressing
past tensecompressed
past participlecompressed
  1. 1
    to press or squeeze something so that it fits into a smaller space

    The weight of the skiers compresses the snow and makes it solid.

  2. 2
    to write something in fewer words
    1. a.
      computing to reduce the size of a computer file using a special program so that it can be stored using less space