Meaning of CONDITION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ kəndɪʃ(ə)n ]

( conditions, conditioning, conditioned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If you talk about the condition of a person or thing, you are talking about the state that they are in, especially how good or bad their physical state is.

He remains in a critical condition in a California hospital...

The two-bedroom chalet is in good condition...

You can’t drive in that condition.

N-SING : also no det , with supp


The conditions under which something is done or happens are all the factors or circumstances which directly affect it.

This change has been timed under laboratory conditions...

The mild winter has created the ideal conditions for an ant population explosion.

N-PLURAL : usu with supp


The conditions in which people live or work are the factors which affect their comfort, safety, or health.

People are living in appalling conditions...

He could not work in these conditions any longer...

N-PLURAL : usu with supp


A condition is something which must happen or be done in order for something else to be possible, especially when this is written into a contract or law.

...economic targets set as a condition for loan payments.

...terms and conditions of employment...

Egypt had agreed to a summit subject to certain conditions.

= requirement

N-COUNT : with supp


If someone has a particular condition , they have an illness or other medical problem.

Doctors suspect he may have a heart condition.

= complaint, disorder

N-COUNT : usu with supp


If someone is conditioned by their experiences or environment, they are influenced by them over a period of time so that they do certain things or think in a particular way.

We are all conditioned by early impressions and experiences...

You have been conditioned to believe that it is weak to be scared...

I just feel women are conditioned into doing housework.

...a conditioned response.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , be V-ed to-inf , be V-ed into -ing / n , V-ed

• con‧di‧tion‧ing

Because of social conditioning, men don’t expect themselves to be managed by women.



To condition your hair or skin means to put something on it which will keep it in good condition.

...a protein which is excellent for conditioning dry and damaged hair.

VERB : V n


If you say that someone is in no condition to do something, you mean that they are too ill, upset, or drunk to do it.

She was clearly in no condition to see anyone.

= unfit

PHRASE : v-link PHR , usu PHR to-inf


When you agree to do something on condition that something else happens, you mean that you will only do it if this other thing also happens.

He spoke to reporters on condition that he was not identified.



If someone is out of condition , they are unhealthy and unfit, because they do not do enough exercise.

He was too out of condition to clamber over the top.

= unfit

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR


in mint condition: see mint

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