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[dee-kuh m-pres]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to undergo decompression.
verb (used without object)
  1. to undergo decompression.
  2. Informal. to relax; unwind.

Origin of decompress

1900–05; translation of French décomprimer. See de-, compress
Related formsde·com·pres·sive, adjective
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  • He cited the waste of oxygen which resulted by having to decompress Bandit every time someone left or entered the ship.

British Dictionary definitions for decompress


  1. to relieve (a substance) of pressure or (of a substance) to be relieved of pressure
  2. to return (a diver, caisson worker, etc) to a condition of normal atmospheric pressure gradually from a condition of increased pressure or (of a diver, etc) to be returned to such a condition
Derived Formsdecompression, noundecompressive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for decompress


1905, from de- + compress. Related: Decompressed; decompressing.

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