to condition


1. prepare for something through training, shape or mould sb or sth






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conditioned for work/war/behaviour, social/religious conditioning

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As a noun, the condition of something refers to the state it is in with regards to its productivity or appearance. "The car is in good condition." "She is in good condition after her surgery."  Condition can also refer to a situation or a number of factors referring to how people work or live. "They were working in terrible conditions with no natural light or safety material." "The homeless on the streets often survive in terrible conditions living in boxes or tents." As a verb, 'to condition' can mean to have an influence on or determine the outcome of something. "Their final condition depended on the decision of the judge." "Their choices were conditioned by their upbringing."  The verb 'to condition' can also mean to have an influence in bringing something to the desired state. "She was conditioned into thinking nobody would listen to her." 

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  1. The astronauts are being trained in an artificial vacuum-like environment to condition them for the coming launch.
  2. The soldiers' training meant that they were conditioned for war.
  3. Our minds are conditioned to determine if a situation should require a "fight or flight" response.
  4. We are all victims of social conditioning. We believe what we believe because of the environment in which we live.

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  1. The new product was conditioned to withstand rigorous testing.
  2. Each employee will receive a stipend to improve their conditions while working from home.
  3. Our accounts are in very good condition for the first time in three years.

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