Definition of DE

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 defensive end
2 Delaware
3 diatomaceous earth
4 doctor of engineering

de-

prefix

Definition of de- (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : do the opposite of deactivate
b : reverse of de-emphasis
2a : remove (a specified thing) from delouse
b : remove from (a specified thing) dethrone
3 : reduce devalue
4 : something derived from (a specified thing) decompound : derived from something (of a specified nature) denominative
5 : get off of (a specified thing) detrain
6 : having a molecule characterized by the removal of one or more atoms (of a specified element) deoxy-

History and Etymology for DE

Prefix

Middle English, from Anglo-French de-, des-, partly from Latin de- from, down, away (from de, preposition) and partly from Latin dis-; Latin de akin to Old Irish di from, Old English to — more at to, dis-

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“DE.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DE. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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de-

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English Language Learners Definition of de-

: do the opposite of
: remove (a specified thing) from something
: remove someone or something from something

Kids Definition of DE

Delaware

de-

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Kids Definition of de-

1 : do the opposite of decode
2 : reverse of desegregation
3 : remove or remove from something deforest
4 : reduce
5 : get off of derail

D&E

noun
\ ˈdē-ən(d)-ˈē How to pronounce D&E (audio) \

Medical Definition of D&E

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