decompose Definition

  • 1to decay or break down into smaller parts or simpler compounds
  • 2to separate into constituent parts or elements or into simpler compounds
  • 3to cause something to decay or break down into smaller parts or simpler compounds

Using decompose: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "decompose" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The leaves decomposed quickly in the compost pile.

  • Example

    Bacteria help to decompose organic matter in the soil.

  • Example

    The body will eventually decompose if it is not buried or cremated.

decompose Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with decompose

  • to express a function as a combination of simpler functions


    In mathematics, we can decompose a complex function into simpler ones.

  • to express a vector as a linear combination of basis vectors


    In physics, we often decompose a vector into its components along different axes.

  • a chemical reaction in which a compound is broken down into simpler compounds or elements


    The decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen is an example of a decomposition reaction.

Origins of decompose

from Old French 'decomposer', from Latin 'decomponere', meaning 'unfasten, undo'


Summary: decompose in Brief

To 'decompose' [diːkəmˈpəʊz] means to break down into smaller parts or simpler compounds. This can happen naturally, as with organic matter in soil, or be caused intentionally, as with mathematical functions. 'Decompose' is the opposite of 'compose,' and can be used in phrases like 'decomposition reaction.'

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