Definitions for decomposeˌdi kəmˈpoʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•com•pose*ˌdi kəmˈpoʊz(v.)-posed, -pos•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate.

  2. (v.i.)to rot; putrefy.

    Category: Microbiology

* Syn: See decay.

Origin of decompose:

1745–55; < F décomposer

de`com•po•si′tion-kɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decompose, break up, break down(verb)

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

  2. disintegrate, decay, decompose(verb)

    lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

    "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

  3. decompose, rot, molder, moulder(verb)

    break down

    "The bodies decomposed in the heat"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. decompose(verb)ˌdi kəmˈpoʊz

    to break down or cause to break down by natural processes; = rot

    the decomposition of the leaves


  1. decompose(Verb)

    to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment

  2. decompose(Verb)

    to rot, decay or putrefy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decompose(verb)

    to separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay

  2. Decompose(verb)

    to become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot

Translations for decompose

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of vegetable or animal matter) to (cause to) decay or rot

Corpses decompose quickly in heat.

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