DE

abbreviation

Definition of DE

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

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


de-

prefix

Definition of de-

1 a :do the opposite of
  • deactivate
b :reverse of
  • de-emphasis
2 a :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-

Origin and Etymology of de-

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-



DE Defined for English Language Learners

de-

prefix

Definition of de- for English Language Learners

  • : do the opposite of

  • : remove (a specified thing) from something

  • : remove someone or something from something


DE Defined for Kids

DE

abbreviation

Definition of DE for Students

Delaware

de-

prefix

Definition of de- for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

D&E

noun \ ˈdē-ən(d)-ˈē \

medical Definition of D&E


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