Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “compact”


verb [T] (CLOSE TOGETHER)   /kəmˈpækt, kɑm-/  /ˈkɑm·pækt/
to press something tightly and solidly together: The morning traffic had compacted the snow until it was a sheet of ice.
(Definition of compact verb (CLOSE TOGETHER) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of compact

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Make-up & skin care, but you might be interested in these topics from the Personal care topic area:

Definitions of “compact” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More