compact Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “compact” - English Dictionary

"compact" in American English

See all translations

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)







"compact" in British English

See all translations

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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…
What is the pronunciation of compact?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “compact”

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More