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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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