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English verb: decompose

1. decompose (change) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Synonymsbreak down, break up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)separate

Narrower (hyponym)crack, digest, dissociate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

2. decompose (change) lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

SamplesThe particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process.

Synonymsdecay, disintegrate

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Verb groupdisintegrate

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. decompose (change) break down

SamplesThe bodies decomposed in the heat.

Synonymsmolder, moulder, rot

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decay

Narrower (hyponym)biodegrade, hang

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