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Definition of "decompose" [de•com•pose]

  • To separate into components or basic elements. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to rot. (verb-transitive)
  • To become broken down into components; disintegrate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To decay; putrefy. See Synonyms at decay. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decompose" in a sentence
  • "Surely the reason that corpses take longer to decompose is simply that mortuaries are now air conditioned as a matter of course."
  • "But he did decompress, as opposed to decompose, which is how Jerry described George's summer plans."
  • "In response, our human nature looks to break down or "decompose" the mega-Internet back down to human scale and in this sense the "mega-Internet" is indeed over."