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decompress

verb uk   us   /ˌdiː.kəmˈpres/
[I or T] to reduce in pressure or return to the original lower pressure, or to cause something to do this: If a plane window breaks, the cabin will rapidly decompress. specialized computing [I or T] to return to the original size, or to cause something to do this: The computer chip compresses and decompresses a colour image in less than a second. [I, I or T] mainly US informal to relax: After two weeks' hiking we'll need a few days to decompress.
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