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Meaning & Definition of Compact in English

English

Compact

/kɑmpækt/

noun

1. A small cosmetics case with a mirror

  • To be carried in a woman's purse
    synonym:
  • compact
  • ,
  • powder compact

2. A signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

    synonym:
  • covenant
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • concordat

3. A small and economical car

    synonym:
  • compact
  • ,
  • compact car

verb

1. Have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

  • "This powder compacts easily"
  • "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
    synonym:
  • compact
  • ,
  • pack

2. Compress into a wad

  • "Wad paper into the box"
    synonym:
  • pack
  • ,
  • bundle
  • ,
  • wad
  • ,
  • compact

3. Make more compact by or as if by pressing

  • "Compress the data"
    synonym:
  • compress
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • pack together

4. Squeeze or press together

  • "She compressed her lips"
  • "The spasm contracted the muscle"
    synonym:
  • compress
  • ,
  • constrict
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • press

adjective

1. Closely and firmly united or packed together

  • "Compact soil"
  • "Compact clusters of flowers"
    synonym:
  • compact

2. Having a short and solid form or stature

  • "A wrestler of compact build"
  • "He was tall and heavyset"
  • "Stocky legs"
  • "A thickset young man"
    synonym:
  • compact
  • ,
  • heavyset
  • ,
  • stocky
  • ,
  • thick
  • ,
  • thickset

3. Briefly giving the gist of something

  • "A short and compendious book"
  • "A compact style is brief and pithy"
  • "Succinct comparisons"
  • "A summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
    synonym:
  • compendious
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • succinct
  • ,
  • summary

Examples of using

She gave me this compact disc.
She gave me this compact disc.
I'd like to rent a compact car.