decompose

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See also: décomposé and décompose

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French décomposer. Equivalent to de- +‎ compose.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: dē"kəm-pōz', IPA(key): /ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊz

Verb[edit]

decompose (third-person singular simple present decomposes, present participle decomposing, simple past and past participle decomposed)

  1. (transitive) To separate or break down (something) into its components; to disintegrate or fragment.
    Various fungi can decompose wood.
  2. (intransitive) To rot, decay or putrefy.
    Plastics can take centuries to decompose.

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Verb[edit]

decompose

  1. third-person singular past historic of decomporre