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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 and characteristics 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?Situations and circumstances B2 [C] any of different types of diseases: to suffer from a heart/skin condition a medical conditionDisease and illness - general words out of condition not healthy enough for hard physical exercise, as a result of not taking part in sport or other physical activitiesNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)

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 .Range and limits on (the) condition that B2 only if: I'll come to the party on the condition that you don't wear those ridiculous trousers!Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding

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.Teaching in general

condition verb [T] (USE CONDITIONER)

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