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compress

verb [T]     /kəmˈpres/
to press something into a smaller space: Firmly compress the soil in the pot so that the plant is secure. compressed airSqueezing and grinding to make information, a piece of writing, etc. shorter: The course compresses two year's training into six intensive months. I managed to compress ten pages of notes into four paragraphs.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong to make a computer file use less space when it is stored in the memory of a computer or on a disk, by using a special program: to compress data/filesOperating computers compressible     /-ɪ.bl̩/ adjective compressible gasThe state of matter
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