de·​cant | \ di-ˈkant How to pronounce decant (audio) , 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

Other Words from decant

decantation \ ˌdē-​ˌkan-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce decant (audio) \ noun

Examples of decant in a Sentence

The bottles were uncorked and the wine was decanted an hour before the meal.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the provisions to include: · Decanting provision to permit the trustee to decant into a new trust (although some of the proposals may have restricted decanting and those might yet be enacted). Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Another method is to decant the yogurt into a bowl, place a stainless steel spoon in it, and leave it at room temperature for 2 hours. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 The tool that has made decanting fun—and frankly, possible—is a humble funnel, which directs all of the small stuff, prone to scattering, directly to its final destination. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 12 May 2020 Pickett has decanted his novel to the stage with an imperfect grasp of how stage plays work. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 The tea and fragrant flavorings steep tableside, and then the drink is decanted into individual mugs. Kara Newman, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2020 Cocktails will include the Smoked N’ Mirrors, a seasonal Old-Fashioned smoked with cherry chips that’s decanted tableside, and the Beehive with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, coconut water, lemon juice, raw honey and garnished with a honey stick. Grace Wong,, 17 Oct. 2019 People cheered as the 50-wagon locomotive, decorated with flower garlands, made its way into the railway yard where 2.5 million liters of water will start being decanted. Swati Gupta, CNN, 12 July 2019 Up on the 7th floor, the concierge team at the Old Faithful Club planned for a busy night, preparing treats and decanting wine. Samantha Mcnesby, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 entry 4

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transitive verb
de·​cant | \ di-ˈkant How to pronounce decant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce decant (audio) \ noun

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