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decomposeverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌdiː.kəmˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/
to ​decay, or to ​cause something to ​decay: The ​body must have been decomposing for several ​weeks. specialized chemistry to ​break, or to ​break something, into ​smallerparts: Microbes decompose ​organicwaste into a ​mixture of ​methane and ​carbondioxide.
decomposition
noun [U] uk   /ˌdiː.kɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /-kɑːm-/
The ​corpse was in an ​advancedstage of decomposition.
(Definition of decompose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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decomposeverb [I/T]

 us   /ˌdi·kəmˈpoʊz/
to ​destroy something by ​breaking it into ​smallerparts: [I] Certain ​kinds of ​plastic decompose ​quickly. biology If ​deadplant or ​animalmaterial decomposes, it decays. chemistry If a ​substance decomposes it separates into ​itsparts.
decomposition
noun [U]  /ˌdiˌkɑm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/
(Definition of decompose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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