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compress

verb [T]  /kəmˈpres/ us  

compress verb [T] (PRESS)

to press something into a smaller space: Snow in the crater compresses into a fastest-growing glacier. Firmly compress the dirt in the pot to hold the plant upright. To compress also means to shorten something so that it takes less time: Four years of normal mortgage business is being compressed into two months.
compression
noun [U]  /kəmˈpreʃ·ən/ us  
data compression
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