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English noun: compress

1. compress (artifact) a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)

Broader (hypernym)dressing, medical dressing

Substance holonymfomentation

English verb: compress

1. compress (contact) make more compact by or as if by pressing

SamplesCompress the data.

Synonymscompact, pack together

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)force, squeeze, wedge

Narrower (hyponym)pack, tamp, tamp down


Antonymsdecompress, uncompress

2. compress (contact) squeeze or press together

SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.

Synonymscompact, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tighten

Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate

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