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Definition of decompose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decompose
    he / she / it decomposes
    past simple decomposed
    -ing form decomposing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to be destroyed gradually by natural chemical processes synonym decay synonym rot a decomposing corpse As the waste materials decompose, they produce methane gas. decompose something a decomposed body
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] decompose (something) (into something) (technology) to divide something into smaller parts; to divide into smaller parts
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noun [uncountable] the decomposition of organic waste
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