de·cant | \ di-ˈkant , dē- \

Definition of decant 

transitive verb

1 : to draw off (a liquid) without disturbing the sediment or the lower liquid layers

2 : to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one vessel into another decanted the wine before the meal

3 : to pour out, transfer, or unload as if by pouring I was decanted from the car … —Ursula G. Bower

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Other words from decant

decantation \ˌdē-ˌkan-ˈtā-shən \ noun

Examples of decant in a Sentence

The bottles were uncorked and the wine was decanted an hour before the meal.

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First Known Use of decant

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decant

New Latin decantare, from Latin de- + Medieval Latin cantus edge, from Latin, iron ring round a wheel — more at cant

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English Language Learners Definition of decant

: to pour (a liquid, especially wine) from one container into another

de·cant | \ di-ˈkant \

Medical Definition of decant 

: to draw off (a liquid) without disturbing the sediment or the lower liquid layers

Other words from decant

decantation \ˌdē-ˌkan-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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