[ verb dee-kuh m-pound; adjective dee-kom-pound, dee-kom-pound, -kuh m- ]
/ verb ˌdi kəmˈpaʊnd; adjective diˈkɒm paʊnd, ˌdi kɒmˈpaʊnd, -kəm- /

verb (used with object)

to decompose.
Obsolete. to compound a second or further time.


Botany. divided into compound divisions.
composed of compounds the parts of which are also compounds, as a bipinnate leaf.

Origin of decompound

First recorded in 1605–15; de- + compound1

Related forms

un·de·com·pound·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decompound


/ (ˌdiːkəmˈpaʊnd) /


(of a compound leaf) having leaflets consisting of several distinct parts
made up of one or more compounds


a less common word for decompose
obsolete to mix with or form from one or more compounds
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