de·​cant | \ di-ˈkant, dē-\
decanted; decanting; decants

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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Buy a bottle to drink now (decanted) and one to drink in a year or two. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "This Elegant Italian Red Wine Is Easy to Love," 11 Dec. 2018 Generally speaking, full-bodied, younger reds can be decanted an hour before serving. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "You're Probably Making These Wine Mistakes," 9 Dec. 2016 And decanting them all in pretty bottles isn’t practical either. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "The $400 Makeover That Actually Makes Me Look Forward To Doing Laundry," 6 Oct. 2018 If your fragrance-free moisturizer of choice doesn’t come in travel-sized packaging, a tip from Reddit: Just decant some of it into a contact solution case. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 Second, decanting aerates the wine, releasing more of the flavors and aromas. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "You're Probably Making These Wine Mistakes," 9 Dec. 2016 Or buy your favorite products in large quantities to save money, and decant into decorative containers for your shower or counter top. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: Spa-inspired product storage when you think there's none," 8 June 2018 Smith said every glass of wine will be decanted and served to guests from that room instead of the bar. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Castaway to hold grand reopening after renovation," 2 May 2018 This is slightly riskier than taking a grand cru wine out of the cellar and decanting it. John Brodie, Town & Country, "Why Some Perfumers Are Betting That Fragrance Gets Better With Age," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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