Definition of “condition” - English Dictionary

“condition” in English

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uk /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/ us /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/

condition noun (STATE)

B1 [ S or U ] the particular state that something or someone is in:

Mum's still got our pram - it's very old, but it's in perfect condition.
They left the flat in a terrible condition - there was mess everywhere.
The hospital say her condition (= state of health) is improving slowly.
He's in no condition (= he is too sick or too drunk) to drive home.
conditions [ plural ]

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B1 the physical situation that someone or something is in and affected by:

weather conditions
Working conditions here are primitive.
The prisoners were kept in the most appalling conditions.
Under what conditions do plants grow best?
Riis devoted his life to improving conditions in urban slums.

B2 [ C ] any of different types of diseases:

to suffer from a heart/skin condition
a medical condition
out of condition

not healthy enough for hard physical exercise, as a result of not taking part in sport or other physical activities

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condition noun (AGREED LIMIT)

C1 [ C ] an arrangement that must exist before something else can happen:

One of the conditions in the contract is that we don't build on the land.
We're not in a position to make/set any conditions - we'll have to accept what they offer us.
Under the conditions of the agreement, she must vacate the house on 12 July .
on (the) condition that

B2 only if:

I'll come to the party on the condition that you don't wear those ridiculous trousers!

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conditionverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/ us /kənˈdɪʃ.ən/

condition verb [ T ] (TRAIN)

C2 to train or influence a person or animal mentally so that they do or expect a particular thing without thinking about it:

a conditioned reflex/response
[ + to infinitive ] Pavlov conditioned dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell.
Women were conditioned to expect lower wages than men.
noun [ U ] uk /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.ɪŋ/ us /kənˈdɪʃ.ən.ɪŋ/

Conditioning starts as soon as boys are given guns to play with and girls are given dolls.

(Definition of “condition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“condition” in American English

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us /kənˈdɪʃ·ən/

condition noun (STATE)

the particular state that something or someone is in:

[ U ] We spent a lot of money to get the house in good condition.
[ U ] She was hospitalized in fair condition after the accident.
[ + to infinitive ] He’s in no condition to drive (= He should not drive).

A condition can also be a state of not operating correctly:

[ C ] a heart condition

condition noun (AGREED LIMITATION)

[ C ] something that must exist before something else can happen:

Certain conditions must be met before the aid will be provided.
He spoke on condition that he not be identified.

(Definition of “condition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“condition” in Business English

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uk /kənˈdɪʃən/ us

[ S or U ] the particular state that something is in:

condition of sth The condition of the property will help determine its price.
The goods are warranted to be in perfect condition on leaving the factory.

[ plural ] the situation that someone lives or works in, or that someone or something is affected by:

The unions are trying hard to improve pay and conditions for their members.
business/economic/market conditions The timing of the merger depended on market conditions.
difficult/favourable conditions This year has seen some very difficult trading conditions.
in/under good, poor, etc. conditions Many of the goods are produced by child workers working in appalling conditions.
working/living conditions

[ C, usually plural ] something that you must agree to, that forms part of an official agreement:

I hereby agree to the terms and conditions of my engagement as stated above.
attach/impose/set conditions We're not in a position to set any conditions - we'll have to accept what they offer.
agree to/comply with/meet conditions They felt that they had complied with all the conditions of the agreement.
Licensing conditions for mobile network operators must ensure the respect of competition rules.
Ms Russ told the hearing she was unhappy that the job had not been completed by July 31, which it was claimed was a condition of the contract.
as a condition for/of sth As a condition of yesterday's approval, the EU Competition Commissioner insisted the state aid must not be used to subsidize other commercial activities.

[ C ] an arrangement that must exist before something else can happen:

condition for sth A strong local business base is a necessary condition for the economic future of the area.
on condition that

depending on something else happening or being done:

Agreement was reached to repay part of the debt, on condition that the remaining debt be cancelled.

(Definition of “condition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)