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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
de  (də; Fr. də;
Sp. de;
Port. di),USA pronunciation
  1. from;
    of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin):Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
  • Latin
  • French, Spanish, Portuguese

  • a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide);
    also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit;
    ), descent (degrade;
    ), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound). Cf. di-2, dis- 1.
    • Latin dē- or dis- dis-1
    • French
    • Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words,
    • Middle English

    1. Delaware (approved esp. for use with zip code).
    2. destroyer escort.

    de'  (də;[It.]de),USA pronunciation prep. 
    1. dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei):de' Medici.

    1. Doctor of Engineering.
    2. driver education.

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    Groot  (Du. кнrōt; Eng. grōt),USA pronunciation n. 
      Huig  (Du. hoiкн)USA pronunciation  de  (də)USA pronunciation or  van  (vän).USA pronunciation See  Grotius, Hugo. 
    1. BiographicalGerhard. See  Groote, Gerhard. 

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    Med•i•ci  (medi chē;[It.]medē chē),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. BiographicalCatherine de'. See  Catherine de Médicis. 
    2. Cos•mo or  Co•si•mo  de'  (kôzorzē mô de),USA pronunciation ("the Elder''), 1389–1464, Italian banker, statesman, and patron of art and literature.
    3. BiographicalCosmo or  Cosimo  de' ("the Great''), 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany.
    Gio•van•ni de'  (jô vännē de).USA pronunciation See  Leo X.  Giu•lio de'  (jo̅o̅lyô de).USA pronunciation See  Clement VII.  Lo•ren•zo de'  (lô rentsô de),USA pronunciation ("Lorenzo the Magnificent''), 1449–92, poet and patron of the arts and literature: ruler of Florence 1478–92 (father of Leo X). Ma•ri•a de'  (mə rēə də;[It.]rēä de).USA pronunciation See  Marie de Médicis.  Med•i•ce•an  (med′i sēən, -chēən),USA pronunciation adj. 
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
    de-, prefix. 
  • de- comes from Latin, and is used to form verbs and some adjectives with the following meanings:
    • motion or being carried down from, away, or off:deplane (= move down or off a plane);
      descend (= move or go down);
    • reversing or undoing the effects of an action:deflate (= reverse the flow of air out of something);
      dehumanize (
      = reverse the positive, humanizing effects of something);
    • taking out or removal of a thing:decaffeinate (= take out the caffeine from something);
      declaw (= remove the claws of an animal);
    • finishing or completeness of an action:defunct (= completely non-functioning);despoil (= completely spoil).

  • DE,  an abbreviation of:
    1. Place NamesDelaware.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    de- prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
    1. removal of or from something specified: deforest, dethrone
    2. reversal of something: decode, decompose, desegregate
    3. departure from: decamp
    Etymology: from Latin, from (prep) from, away from, out of, etc. In compound words of Latin origin, de- also means away, away from (decease); down (degrade); reversal (detect); removal (defoliate); and is used intensively (devote) and pejoratively (detest)


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