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condition

noun uk   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/ us  

condition noun (STATE)

B1 [S or U] the particular state that something or someone is in: Mum's still got our pram - it's very old, but it's in perfect condition. They left the flat in a terrible condition - there was mess everywhere. The hospital say her condition (= state of health) is improving slowly. He's in no condition (= he is too sick or too drunk) to drive home. conditions [plural] B1 the physical situation that someone or something is in and affected by: weather conditions working conditions The prisoners were kept in the most appalling conditions. Under what conditions do plants grow best? B2 [C] any of different types of diseases: to suffer from a heart/skin condition a medical condition out of condition not healthy enough for hard physical exercise, as a result of not taking part in sport or other physical activities

condition noun (AGREED LIMIT)

C1 [C] an arrangement that must exist before something else can happen: One of the conditions in the contract is that we don't build on the land. We're not in a position to make/set any conditions - we'll have to accept what they offer us. Under the conditions of the agreement, she must vacate the house on 12 July . on (the) condition that B2 only if: I'll come to the party on the condition that you don't wear those ridiculous trousers!

condition

verb [T] uk   /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/ us  

condition verb [T] (TRAIN)

C2 to train or influence a person or animal mentally so that they do or expect a particular thing without thinking about it: a conditioned reflex/response [+ to infinitive] Pavlov conditioned dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell. Women were conditioned to expect lower wages than men.

condition verb [T] (USE CONDITIONER)

to try to improve the quality or appearance of your hair, skin, etc. by putting a conditioner on it
conditioning
noun [U] uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
Conditioning starts as soon as boys are given guns to play with and girls are given dolls.
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