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English definition of “decompose”

decompose

verb [I/T]    /ˌdi·kəmˈpoʊz/
to destroy something by breaking it into smaller parts: [I] Certain kinds of plastic decompose quickly. biology If dead plant or animal material decomposes, it decays. chemistry If a substance decomposes it separates into its parts. decomposition  /ˌdiˌkɑm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/ noun [U]
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