Compact - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɑːmpækt|  American pronunciation of the word compact
Brit.  |kəmˈpækt|  British pronunciation of the word compact


- a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
- a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action (syn: concordat, covenant)
- a small and economical car


- have the property of being packable or of compacting easily (syn: pack)
This powder compacts easily
- compress into a wad (syn: bundle, pack, wad)
- make more compact by or as if by pressing (syn: compress)
- squeeze or press together (syn: compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze)


- having a short and solid form or stature (syn: stocky, thick, thickset)
a wrestler of compact build
- briefly giving the gist of something (syn: compendious, succinct, summary)
a compact style is brief and pithy

Extra examples

The drill has a compact design.

The cabin was compact but perfectly adequate.

He is compact and muscular.

He has a compact body.

The snow had compacted into a hard icy layer.

...the media giant decided to compact all of its far-flung operations onto a single site...

The compact design of the machine allows it to be stored easily.

The students' rooms were compact, with a desk, bed, and closet built in.

The bushes grew in a compact mass.

A compact was negotiated between the company and the union.

This powder compacts easily

The concert will be reproduced on compact disc.

He took the compact disc from her, then fed it into the player.

He went eagerly into the compact.

The stream is choked with its compact incumbency of snow.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: compact
he/she/it: compacts
present participle: compacting
past tense: compacted
past participle: compacted
singular: compact
plural: compacts
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