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compressverb [T]

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

to press something into a smaller space: Snow in the crater compresses into a fastest-growing glacier. Firmly compress the dirt in the pot to hold the plant upright.
To compress also means to shorten something so that it takes less time: Four years of normal mortgage business 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, soft piece of cloth that is pressed to a part of a person’s body esp. to help a healing process: Apply warm compresses to the infected area.
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"compress" in British English

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compressverb [T]

uk   /kəmˈpres/  us   /kəmˈpres/
to press something into a smaller space: 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 intensive months. I managed to compress ten pages of notes into four paragraphs.
to make a computer file use less space when it is stored in the memory of a computer or on a disk, by using a special program: to compress data/files
compressible
adjective uk   /kəmˈpres.ə.bəl/  us   /kəmˈpres.ə.bəl/
compressible gas

compressnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒm.pres/  us   /ˈkɑːm.pres/
a thick, soft piece of cloth that is pressed to a part of a person's body to stop bleeding or to reduce pain or swelling: a cold/hot compress
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"compress" in Business English

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compressverb [T]

uk   us   /kəmˈpres/
IT to make computer information take up less space in memory or on a disk, by using a special program: 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 sound information.
(Definition of compress from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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