Simple Definition of decompose
: to cause something (such as dead plants and the bodies of dead animals) to be slowly destroyed and broken down by natural processes, chemicals, etc.
: to cause something (such as a chemical) to be separated into smaller or simpler parts
Full Definition of decompose
Examples of decompose in a sentence
Bacteria and fungi help decompose organic matter.
the smell of decomposing leaves
The compound will decompose in the presence of light.
Origin of decompose
French décomposer, from dé- de + composer to compose
First Known Use: 1718
Synonym Discussion of decompose
DECOMPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of decompose for Students
1 : to break down or be broken down into simpler parts or substances especially by the action of living things (as bacteria and fungi) <Leaves decomposed on the forest floor.>
2 : to separate a substance into simpler compounds <Water can be decomposed into hydrogen and oxygen.>
Medical Definition of decompose
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