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English definition of “decompose”

decompose

verb [I or T]     /ˌdiː.kəmˈpəʊz/ US  /-ˈpoʊz/
to decay, or to cause something to decay: The body must have been decomposing for several weeks.Decaying and staying fresh specialized chemistry to break, or to break something, into smaller parts: Microbes decompose organic waste into a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.Tearing and breaking into pieces decomposition     /ˌdiː.kɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ US  /-kɑːm-/ noun [U] The corpse was in an advanced stage of decomposition.Decaying and staying fresh
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