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de

[duh; French duh; Spanish de; Portuguese di] /də; French də; Spanish dɛ; Portuguese dɪ/
preposition
1.
from; of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin):
Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
Origin
< French, Spanish, Portuguese < Latin

de-

1.
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] /də; Italian dɛ/
preposition
1.
dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei):
de' Medici.

D.E.

1.
Doctor of Engineering.
2.
driver education.

D & E

1.
dilation and extraction.
Also, D and E.
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  • de burgh came from a minor gentry family about which little is known.
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  • 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.
  • It is often made as a single varietal in the vin de pays of the languedoc.
  • See, for instance, the popular book the ape and the sushi master by frans de waal.
  • He married catalina de cabrera about whom nothing at all is known.
  • The chest or central main force which delivered the coup de grace.
  • Ivy had been his staunchest supporter and loyal helpmate, being a de facto single parent.
  • The de particles abrade the bedbug, essentially dehydrating it of water and lipids.
British Dictionary definitions for de

de1

//
uknown
1.
of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of origin: Simon de Montfort, D'Arcy, de la Mare
Word Origin
from Latin dē; see de-

de2

abbreviation
1.
Germany

DE

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

de-

prefix
1.
removal of or from something specified: deforest, dethrone
2.
reversal of something: decode, decompose, desegregate
3.
departure from: decamp
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for de

Latin adverb and preposition of separation in space, meaning "down from, off, away from," and figuratively "concerning, by reason of, according to;" from PIE demonstrative stem *de- (see to).

de-

active word-forming element in English and in many words inherited from French and Latin, from Latin de "down, down from, from, off; concerning" (see de), 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, do the opposite of, undo" -- 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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de in Medicine

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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de in Technology

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

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Related Abbreviations for de

de

German

DE

  1. defensive end
  2. Delaware
  3. Doctor of Engineering
  4. donor eggs

D & E

  1. dilation and evacuation
  2. dilation and extraction
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