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Meaning of “compact” in the English Dictionary

"compact" in British English

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compactadjective

uk   us   /kəmˈpækt/
compactly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
compactness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

compactnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒm.pækt/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
  • compact noun [C] (CASE)

a ​small, ​flatcase that ​contains women's ​facepowder: a ​powder compact
  • compact noun [C] (AGREEMENT)

formal a ​formalagreement between two or more ​people, ​organizations, or ​countries: [+ to infinitive] They made a compact not toreveal any ​details.

compactverb [T]

uk   us   /kəmˈpækt/ formal
(Definition of compact from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compact" in American English

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compactadjective

 us   /kəmˈpækt, kɑm-/  /ˈkɑm·pækt/
  • compact adjective (CLOSE TOGETHER)

closely or ​neatly put together: The ​newercameras have a ​flatter, more compact ​design.

compactverb [T]

 us   /kəmˈpækt, kɑm-/  /ˈkɑm·pækt/
  • compact verb [T] (CLOSE TOGETHER)

to ​press something ​tightly and ​solidly together: The ​morningtraffic had compacted the ​snow until it was a ​sheet of ​ice.

compactnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑm·pækt/
  • compact noun [C] (AGREEMENT)

an ​agreement between two or more ​people, ​organizations, or ​countries: The ​parties to the ​settlement made a compact not to ​reveal any ​details.
  • compact noun [C] (CAR)

a ​smallcar: Compacts are ​easier to ​park than full-size ​cars and ​save on ​gas.
  • compact noun [C] (CASE)

a ​small, ​flatcase that usually ​containsfacepowder and a ​mirror
(Definition of compact from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “compact”
in Korean 소형의, 조밀한…
in Arabic مُدمَج…
in Malaysian padat…
in French compact…
in Russian компактный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 緊湊的, 密實的, 小巧的…
in Italian compatto…
in Turkish herşeyi barındıran, derli toplu, kullanışlı…
in Polish niewielki, niewielkich rozmiarów…
in Spanish compacto…
in Vietnamese chật ních…
in Portuguese compacto…
in Thai ที่อัดแน่น…
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…
in Indonesian padat…
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