Definitions for decompressˌdi kəmˈprɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•com•pressˌdi kəmˈprɛs(v.t.)

  1. to cause to undergo decompression.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (v.i.)to undergo decompression.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. to relax; unwind.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of decompress:

1900–05; trans. of F décomprimer


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decompress, uncompress(verb)

    restore to its uncompressed form

    "decompress data"

  2. depressurize, depressurise, decompress(verb)

    decrease the pressure of

    "depressurize the cabin in the air plane"

  3. relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down(verb)

    become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

    "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"


  1. decompress(Verb)

    To relieve the pressure or compression on something.

  2. decompress(Verb)

    To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.

  3. decompress(Verb)

    To restore compressed data to its normal size.

  4. decompress(Verb)

    To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.

  5. decompress(Verb)

    To relax.


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