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.

Nearby words

  1. decompose,
  2. decomposed,
  3. decomposer,
  4. decomposition,
  5. decompound,
  6. decompression,
  7. decompression chamber,
  8. decompression sickness,
  9. deconcentrate,
  10. decondition

Origin of decompress

1900–05; translation of French décomprimer. See de-, compress

Related formsde·com·pres·sive, adjective

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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.

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