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Meaning of “compress” in the English Dictionary

"compress" in British English

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compressverb [T]

uk   us   /kəmˈpres/
to ​press something into a ​smallerspace: Firmly compress the ​soil in the ​pot so that the ​plant is ​secure. compressed ​air to make ​information, a ​piece of writing, etc. ​shorter: The ​course compresses two year's ​training into six ​intensivemonths. I ​managed to compress ten ​pages of ​notes into four ​paragraphs. to make a ​computerfile use less ​space when it is ​stored in the memory of a ​computer or on a ​disk, by using a ​specialprogram: to compress ​data/​files
compressible
adjective uk   us   /-ɪ.bl̩/
compressible ​gas

compressnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒm.pres/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
a ​thick, ​softpiece of ​cloth that is ​pressed to a ​part of a person's ​body to ​stop bleeding or to ​reducepain or ​swelling: a ​cold/​hot compress
(Definition of compress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compress" in American English

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compressverb [T]

 us   /kəmˈpres/
  • compress verb [T] (PRESS)

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

compressnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑm·pres/
  • compress noun [C] (CLOTH)

a ​thick, ​softpiece of ​cloth that is ​pressed to a ​part of a person’s ​body esp. to ​help a ​healingprocess: Apply ​warm compresses to the ​infectedarea.
(Definition of compress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compress" in Business English

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compressverb [T]

uk   us   /kəmˈpres/
IT to make ​computerinformation take up less ​space in ​memory or on a ​disk, by using a ​specialprogram: Mega ​sites such as YouTube compress ​data to ​accommodate huge ​numbers of ​videos.
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compression
noun [U] /kəmˈpreʃən/
Video ​formats like VCD and ​DVD both use MPEG data compression to ​store the ​picture and ​soundinformation.
(Definition of compress from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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