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decompose

[dee-kuh m-pohz] /ˌdi kəmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), decomposed, decomposing.
1.
to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate:
The bacteria decomposed the milk into its solid and liquid elements.
verb (used without object), decomposed, decomposing.
2.
to rot; putrefy:
The egg began to decompose after a day in the sun.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French décomposer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + composer to compose
Related forms
decomposable, adjective
decomposability, noun
undecomposable, adjective
Synonyms
1. distill, fractionate, analyze. 2. See decay.
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British Dictionary definitions for decomposes

decompose

/ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz/
verb
1.
to break down (organic matter) or (of organic matter) to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal action; rot
2.
(chem) to break down or cause to break down into simpler chemical compounds
3.
to break up or separate into constituent parts
4.
(transitive) (maths) to express in terms of a number of independent simpler components, as a set as a canonical union of disjoint subsets, or a vector into orthogonal components
Derived Forms
decomposable, adjective
decomposability, noun
decomposition (ˌdiːkɒmpəˈzɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for decomposes

decompose

v.

1750s, "to separate into components," from de- "opposite of" + compose. Sense of "putrefy" is first recorded 1777. Related: Decomposed; decomposing.

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