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decompress

[ dee-kuh m-pres ]
/ ˌdi kəmˈprɛs /
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verb (used with object)

to cause to undergo decompression.

verb (used without object)

to undergo decompression.
Informal. to relax; unwind.

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Nearby words

decompose, decomposed, decomposer, decomposition, decompound, decompress, decompression, decompression chamber, decompression sickness, deconcentrate, decondition

Origin of decompress

1900–05; translation of French décomprimer. See de-, compress
Related formsde·com·pres·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for decompress

  • Everyone was dazed by their look at death, but relieved by the opportunity to decompress.

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  • He was talking about places that give a neighborhood its stability and coherence, where we can see familiar faces and decompress.

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for decompress

decompress

/ (ˌdiːkəmˈprɛs) /

verb

to relieve (a substance) of pressure or (of a substance) to be relieved of pressure
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

decompress


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper