Compress means to press together, or to make something more compact.(verb)
An example of compress is pressing old cardboard boxes together so that they take up less space.
The definition of a compress is a thick piece of cotton or other material applied with pressure to a wound to stop the bleeding, or used to apply moisture, heat, cold or medication.(noun)
An example of a compress is an ice wrap used to reduce swelling.
See compress in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME compressen < OFr compresser < LL compressare < L compressus, pp. of comprimere, to squeeze < com-, together + premere, to press
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transitive verb com·pressed, com·press·ing, com·press·es
Origin: Middle English compressen
Origin: , from Old French compresser
Origin: , from Late Latin compressāre
Origin: , frequentative of Latin comprimere
Origin: : com-, com-
Origin: + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
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