Meaning of DE- in English

DE-

transcription, транскрипция: [ di:- ]

1.

De- is added to a verb in order to change the meaning of the verb to its opposite.

...becoming desensitized to the harmful consequences of violence.

...how to decontaminate industrial waste sites.

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2.

De- is added to a noun in order to make it a verb referring to the removal of the thing described by the noun.

I’ve defrosted the freezer...

The fires are likely to permanently deforest the land.

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