Condition - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kənˈdɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word condition
Brit.  |kənˈdɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word condition


- a state at a particular time (syn: status)
a condition (or state) of disrepair
- an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else (syn: precondition, stipulation)
- a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
the human condition
- information that should be kept in mind when making a decision (syn: circumstance, consideration)
- the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape') (syn: shape)
- an illness, disease, or other medical problem
a heart condition
a skin condition
- (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement (syn: term)
the contract set out the conditions of the lease
- the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition


- establish a conditioned response
- develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control (syn: check, discipline, train)
- specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement (syn: qualify, specify, stipulate)
- put into a better state
he conditions old cars
- apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny
I condition my hair after washing it

Extra examples

Happiness is the state or condition of being happy.

Their weakened condition makes them more likely to get sick.

...the length of time that it takes for runners to condition their bodies for a marathon... immigrant family that must condition its traditional attitudes regarding child rearing to the realities of modern American life...

Environment, or the sum total of the external conditions of life.

His arrest had brought a new condition into her life.

The conditions were that at a given signal the parties were to advance.

The hospital described his condition as satisfactory.

Doctors suspect he may have a heart condition.

He knew how this law limited and conditioned progress.

Our friends across the water do not appear to know how to condition a dog.

Conditions in the prison were atrocious.

Poor working conditions lead to demoralized and unproductive employees.

These children work 70 metres below ground in appalling conditions.

In May, staff went on strike, demanding better pay and conditions.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: condition
he/she/it: conditions
present participle: conditioning
past tense: conditioned
past participle: conditioned
singular: condition
plural: conditions
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