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decompose

[ dee-kuhm-pohz ]
/ 藢di k蓹m藞po蕣z /
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verb (used with object), de路com路posed, de路com路pos路ing.
to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate: The bacteria decomposed the milk into its solid and liquid elements.
verb (used without object), de路com路posed, de路com路pos路ing.
to rot; putrefy: The egg began to decompose after a day in the sun.
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Origin of decompose

1745鈥55; <French d茅composer, equivalent to d茅-dis-1 + composer to compose

synonym study for decompose

2. See decay.

OTHER WORDS FROM decompose

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British Dictionary definitions for decompose

decompose
/ (藢di藧k蓹m藞p蓹蕣z) /

verb
to break down (organic matter) or (of organic matter) to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal action; rot
chem to break down or cause to break down into simpler chemical compounds
to break up or separate into constituent parts
(tr) maths to express in terms of a number of independent simpler components, as a set as a canonical union of disjoint subsets, or a vector into orthogonal components

Derived forms of decompose

decomposable, adjectivedecomposability, noundecomposition (藢di藧k蓲mp蓹藞z瑟蕛蓹n), noun
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