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compact

adjective  /kəmˈpækt, kɑm-/  /ˈkɑm·pækt/ us  

compact adjective (CLOSE TOGETHER)

closely or neatly put together: The newer cameras have a flatter, more compact design.

compact

verb [T]  /kəmˈpækt, kɑm-/  /ˈkɑm·pækt/ us  

compact verb [T] (CLOSE TOGETHER)

to press something tightly and solidly together: The morning traffic had compacted the snow until it was a sheet of ice.
Translations of “compact”
in Korean 소형의, 조밀한…
in Arabic مُدمَج…
in French compact…
in Turkish herşeyi barındıran, derli toplu, kullanışlı…
in Italian compatto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 緊湊的, 密實的, 小巧的…
in Russian компактный…
in Polish niewielki, niewielkich rozmiarów…
in Spanish compacto…
in Portuguese compacto…
in German kompakt…
in Catalan compacte…
in Japanese コンパクトな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 紧凑的, 密实的, 小巧的…
(Definition of compact adjective, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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