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(də; Fr. də;WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
Port. di),USA pronunciation prep.
of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin):Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide);
- Latin dē
- French, Spanish, Portuguese
also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit;
derange), descent (degrade;
deduce), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound). Cf. di-2, dis- 1.
- Latin dē- or dis- dis-1
- Latin dē-, prefixal use of dē (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words,
- Middle English
(də;[It.]de),USA pronunciation prep.
- Delaware (approved esp. for use with zip code).
- destroyer escort.
- dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei):de' Medici.
- Doctor of Engineering.
- driver education.
(Du. кнrōt; Eng. grōt),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
(Du. hoiкн)USA pronunciation de
(də)USA pronunciation or van
(vän).USA pronunciation See Grotius, Hugo.
- BiographicalGerhard. See Groote, Gerhard.
(med′i chē;[It.]me′dē chē),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
(jô vän′nē de).USA pronunciation See Leo X.
(jo̅o̅′lyô de).USA pronunciation See Clement VII.
(lô ren′tsô 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).
(mə rē′ə də;[It.]mä rē′ä de).USA pronunciation See Marie de Médicis.
(med′i sē′ən, -chē′ən),USA pronunciation adj.
- BiographicalCatherine de'. See Catherine de Médicis.
Cos•mo or Co•si•mo de'
(kôz′mô or kô′zē mô de),USA pronunciation ("the Elder''), 1389–1464, Italian banker, statesman, and patron of art and literature.
- BiographicalCosmo or Cosimo de' ("the Great''), 1519–74, duke of Florence and first grand duke of Tuscany.
de- comes from Latin, and is used to form verbs and some adjectives with the following meanings:
an abbreviation of:
- 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).
- Place NamesDelaware.
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de- prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
Etymology: from Latin, from dē (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)
- removal of or from something specified: deforest, dethrone
- reversal of something: decode, decompose, desegregate
- departure from: decamp