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de

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

<French, Spanish, Portuguese <Latin

Other definitions for de (2 of 5)

de'
[ duh; Italian de ]
/ də; Italian dɛ /

preposition
dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei): de' Medici.

Other definitions for de (3 of 5)

DE

abbreviation
Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).

Other definitions for de (4 of 5)

de-

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 of de-

Middle English <Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, <French <Latin dē- or dis-dis-1

Other definitions for de (5 of 5)

D.E.

abbreviation
Doctor of Engineering.
driver education.
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How to use de in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for de (1 of 4)

de1

De, before a vowel d' or before a vowel D'

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of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of originSimon de Montfort; D'Arcy; de la Mare

Word Origin for de

from Latin dē; see de-

British Dictionary definitions for de (2 of 4)

de2

the internet domain name for
Germany

British Dictionary definitions for de (3 of 4)

DE

abbreviation for
(formerly in Britain) Department of Employment
Delaware

British Dictionary definitions for de (4 of 4)

de-

prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
removal of or from something specifieddeforest; dethrone
reversal of somethingdecode; decompose; desegregate
departure fromdecamp

Word Origin for de-

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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Medical definitions for de

de-

pref.
Do or make the opposite of; reverse:decomposition.
Remove or remove from:deoxygenation.
Reduce; degrade:decholesterolization.
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