decomposes, decomposing, decomposed
When things such as dead plants or animals decompose, or something decomposes them, they change chemically and begin to decay.

...a dead body found decomposing in a wood...

[V into n] The debris slowly decomposes into compost...

[V n] The mixture heated up to more than 150 degrees as various strains of furiously procreating bacteria decomposed and digested the garbage.

rot, decay
Derived words:
decomposed ADJ-GRADED

The body was too badly decomposed to be identified at once.

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  • décomposé — ⇒DÉCOMPOSÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de décomposer. II. Adjectif A. [Correspond à décomposer A] 1. Un corps, une substance décomposé(e). La lumière, un rayon décomposé(e). L eau décomposée en ses éléments constitutifs (VERNE, Île… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • décomposé — décomposé, ée (dé kon pô zé, zée) part. passé. 1°   Dont la composition est détruite. L eau décomposée par les chimistes en oxygène et hydrogène. 2°   Terme de botanique. Feuilles décomposées, feuilles qui sont partagées en nombreuses divisions… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • decompose — [v1] rot, break up break down, crumble, decay, disintegrate, dissolve, fall apart, fester, molder, putrefy, putresce, spoil, taint, turn; concept 469 Ant. combine, develop, grow, improve decompose [v2] analyze by taking apart anatomize, atomize,… …   New thesaurus

  • Decompose — De com*pose , v. i. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decompose — De com*pose , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decomposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decomposing}.] [Cf. F. d[ e]composer. Cf. {Discompose}.] To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decompose — index decay, degenerate, deteriorate, disintegrate, disorganize, dissolve (disperse), spoil (impair …   Law dictionary

  • decompose — 1750s, to separate into components, from DE (Cf. de ), privative prefix (see DE (Cf. de )), + COMPOSE (Cf. compose). Sense of putrefy is first recorded 1777. Related: Decomposed; decomposing …   Etymology dictionary

  • decompose — *decay, rot, putrefy, spoil, disintegrate, crumble Analogous words: deliquesce, *liquefy, melt …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decomposé — Decomposé, [decompos]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • decompose — ► VERB 1) (of organic matter) decay. 2) break down into component elements. DERIVATIVES decomposable adjective decomposition noun …   English terms dictionary

  • decompose — [dē΄kəm pōz′] vt., vi. decomposed, decomposing [Fr décomposer: see DE & COMPOSE] 1. to break up or separate into basic components or parts 2. to rot SYN. DECAY decomposable adj. decomposition [dē΄käm pə zish′ən] …   English World dictionary

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