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decompose

1 : to cause something (such as dead plants and the bodies of dead animals) to be slowly destroyed and broken down by natural processes, chemicals, etc.

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Bacteria and fungi help decompose organic matter.

partially decomposed bodies


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The wood on our deck is beginning to decompose. [=(less formally) rot]

the smell of decomposing leaves

2 technical : to cause something (such as a chemical) to be separated into smaller or simpler parts

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decompose a chemical compound

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The compound will decompose in the presence of light.

— decomposition /diˌkɑːmpəˈzɪʃən/ noun [noncount]

The wood is already showing signs of decomposition.

the decomposition of organic matter



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