Simple Definition of decompress
: to release or reduce the physical pressure on something or to have the physical pressure released or reduced
computers : to change (a computer file that has been made smaller) back to its original size by using special software
: to rest and relax
Full Definition of decompress
1 : to release from pressure or compression
2 : to convert (as a compressed file or signal) to an expanded or original size
: to undergo release from pressure; especially : relax <need a week off to decompress>
decompressionplay \-ˈpre-shən\ noun
Examples of decompress in a sentence
Once pressure was released, the vertebrae decompressed.
The file must be decompressed before it can be read.
First Known Use of decompress
Medical Definition of decompress
: to release from pressure or compression
Learn More about decompress
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for decompress
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up decompress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).