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de

[duh; French duh; Spanish de; Portuguese di] /də; French də; Spanish dɛ; Portuguese dɪ/
preposition
1.
from; of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin):
Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
Origin of de
< French, Spanish, Portuguese < Latin

DE

1.
Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).
2.
destroyer escort.

D & E

or D and E

1.
dilation and extraction.

de'

[duh; Italian de] /də; Italian dɛ/
preposition
1.
dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei):
de' Medici.

de-

1.
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide); also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit; derange), descent (degrade; deduce), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound).
Compare di-2 , dis-1 .
Origin
Middle English < Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, < French < Latin dē- or dis- dis-1

D.E.

1.
Doctor of Engineering.
2.
driver education.
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Examples from the Web for de
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  • She has registered herself as "Madame de Satow, with companion."

    When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen
  • But such a decision could not be pleasing to Almagro and de Luque.

  • "It was a bloody and most awful spectacle," said de Morla, with feeling.

    Calavar Robert Montgomery Bird
  • de Vitry was filled with sadness by what he saw at the papal court.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • What was he saying that seemed at once to terrify and to delight Mme. de Thaller?

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for de

de1

//
uknown
1.
of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of origin: Simon de Montfort, D'Arcy, de la Mare
Word Origin
from Latin dē; see de-

de2

abbreviation
1.
Germany

DE

abbreviation
1.
(formerly in Britain) Department of Employment
2.
Delaware

de-

prefix
1.
removal of or from something specified: deforest, dethrone
2.
reversal of something: decode, decompose, desegregate
3.
departure from: decamp
Word Origin
from Latin, from (prep) from, away from, out of, etc. In compound words of Latin origin, de- also means away, away from (decease); down (degrade); reversal (detect); removal (defoliate); and is used intensively (devote) and pejoratively (detest)
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Word Origin and History for de

Latin adverb and preposition of separation in space, meaning "down from, off, away from," and figuratively "concerning, by reason of, according to;" from PIE demonstrative stem *de- (see to).

de-

active word-forming element in English and in many words inherited from French and Latin, from Latin de "down, down from, from, off; concerning" (see de), also used as a prefix in Latin usually meaning "down, off, away, from among, down from," but also "down to the bottom, totally" hence "completely" (intensive or completive), which is its sense in many English words. As a Latin prefix it also had the function of undoing or reversing a verb's action, and hence it came to be used as a pure privative -- "not, do the opposite of, undo" -- which is its primary function as a living prefix in English, as in defrost (1895), defuse (1943), etc. Cf. also dis-.

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de in Medicine

D & E abbr.
dilation and evacuation

de- pref.

  1. Do or make the opposite of; reverse: decomposition.

  2. Remove or remove from: deoxygenation.

  3. Reduce; degrade: decholesterolization.

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de in Technology

networking
The country code for Germany.
(1999-01-27)

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Related Abbreviations for de

de

German

DE

1.
defensive end
2.
Delaware
3.
Doctor of Engineering
4.
donor eggs

D & E

1.
dilation and evacuation
2.
dilation and extraction
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