Meaning of DECOMPOUND in English


I. (ˈ)dē+ noun

Etymology: de- + compound, n.; approximate translation of Late Latin decompositus derived from a compound word

: any compound that has a compound as one of its parts ; specifically : a word that has a compound as one of its immediate constituents (as newspaperman, railroader )

II. (|)dē+ transitive verb

Etymology: in sense 1, from decompound (I) ; in sense 2, from de- + compound, v.

1. obsolete : to compound further : compound or mix with a compound

2. : to reduce in constituent parts : decompose

III. adjective

Etymology: decompound (I)

1. : compounded of what is already compound : compounded again

2. of a leaf : having divisions that are themselves compound

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