de

[duh; French duh; Spanish de; Portuguese di]

Origin:
< French, Spanish, Portuguese < Latin

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a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide ); also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify ), negation (demerit; derange ), descent (degrade; deduce ), reversal (detract ), intensity (decompound ). Compare di-2, dis-1.

Origin:
Middle English < Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, < French < Latin dē- or dis- dis-1

DE

1.
Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).
2.
destroyer escort.

de'

[duh; Italian de]
preposition
dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei ): de' Medici.

D.E.

1.
Doctor of Engineering.
2.
driver education.

D & E

dilation and extraction.
Also, D and E.
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de, (before a vowel) De, (before a vowel) d' or (before a vowel) D'1 (də)
 
of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of origin: Simon de Montfort; D'Arcy; de la Mare
 
[from Latin dē; see de-]
 
De, (before a vowel) De, (before a vowel) d' or (before a vowel) D'1
 
 
[from Latin dē; see de-]
 
d', (before a vowel) De, (before a vowel) d' or (before a vowel) D'1
 
 
[from Latin dē; see de-]
 
D', (before a vowel) De, (before a vowel) d' or (before a vowel) D'1
 
 
[from Latin dē; see de-]

de2
 
the internet domain name for
Germany

DE
 
abbreviation for
1.  (formerly in Britain) Department of Employment
2.  Delaware

de-
 
prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
1.  removal of or from something specified: deforest; dethrone
2.  reversal of something: decode; decompose; desegregate
3.  departure from: decamp
 
[from Latin, from (prep) from, away from, out of, etc. In compound words of Latin origin, de- also means away, away from (decease); down (degrade); reversal (detect); removal (defoliate); and is used intensively (devote) and pejoratively (detest)]

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de
L. adv. and prep. meaning "down from, off, concerning," from PIE demonstrative stem *de-.

de-
active prefix in English and in many words inherited from Fr. and Latin, from L. de "down, down from, from, off, concerning," also used as a prefix in Latin usually meaning "down, off, away, from among, down from," but also "down to the bottom, totally" hence "completely" (intensive
or completive), which is its sense in many English words. As a Latin prefix it also had the function of undoing or reversing a verb's action, and hence it came to be used as a pure privative -- "not" -- which is its primary function as a living prefix in English, as in defrost (1895), defuse (1943), etc. Cf. also dis-.
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D & E abbr.
dilation and evacuation

de- pref.

  1. Do or make the opposite of; reverse: decomposition.

  2. Remove or remove from: deoxygenation.

  3. Reduce; degrade: decholesterolization.

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Computing Dictionary

de definition

networking
The country code for Germany.
(1999-01-27)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
D & E
  1. dilation and evacuation

  2. dilation and extraction

de
German
DE
  1. defensive end

  2. Delaware

  3. Doctor of Engineering

  4. donor eggs

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Example sentences for DE
De burgh came from a minor gentry family about which little is known.
In this position de burgh acquired a number of enemies and rivals.
Biffin slang used by troupes de marine to designate other infantry units.
By far, the largest is ssc, which is the de facto official biller.
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