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decant

[ dih-kant ]
/ dɪˈkænt /
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verb (used with object)
to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
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Origin of decant

1625–35; <Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent to Latin dē-de- + Medieval Latin canth(us) spout, rim of a vessel (Latin: iron band round a wheel <Greek kánthos corner of the eye, tire) + -āre infinitive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM decant

de·can·ta·tion [dee-kan-tey-shuhn], /ˌdi kænˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use decant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for decant

decant
/ (dɪˈkænt) /

verb
to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
(tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished

Word Origin for decant

C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
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