Decompose meaning

dēkəm-pōz
To separate into components or basic elements.
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To decay; rot or putrefy.
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To break up or separate into basic components or parts.
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To become broken down into components; disintegrate.
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To cause to rot.
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To rot or cause to rot; decay; putrefy.
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To separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment.
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To rot.
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To separate into components or basic elements; disintegrate.
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(intransitive) To rot, decay or putrefy.
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Decompose is defined as to rot, to decay, to break down into parts or to disintegrate into the earth, or to cause something to break down or rot.

When a dead body breaks down and eventually some of its parts disintegrate into the earth, this is an example of a time when the body decomposes.

When you cause something to rot or break down, this is an example of a time when you decompose the item.

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Origin of decompose

  • From Middle French décomposer

    From Wiktionary