American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Do or make the opposite of; reverse: decriminalize.
- Remove or remove from: delouse; deoxygenate.
- Out of: deplane; defenestration.
- Reduce; degrade: declass.
- Derived from: deverbative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix from Latin
dedown, from, away; as in debark, decline, decease, deduct, decamp. In words from the French it is equivalent to Latin dis-apart, away; or sometimes to de. Cf. dis-. It is negative and opposite in derange, deform, destroy, etc. It is intensive in deprave, despoil, declare, desolate, etc.
- From the Latin preposition dē ("of, from"), which is often attached directly to the beginnings of other Latin words. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English de-, from Old French de- (from Latin dē-, from, off, apart, away, down, out, completely, from dē; or from Old French des-, out, off, apart, away, completely (from Latin dis-, dis-, and Latin dē-). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How it was administered I think was the problem, not the decision to have a de- Baathification process.”
“I suppose you could say we are de- evolving back to the hairpin, then evolving forwards to the leopard from there.”
“For temporary de- bloating, though, Dr. Passler conceded, "It will help decrease any puffiness in the body caused by inflammation.”
“But for TCS the project was plagued with problems and de- lays from the start.”
“The members of the NTC say they will allow former regime members into the interim government to avoid the process of de- Baathification in Iraq that saw government officials loyal to Saddam Hussein purged from office, fueling sectarian tensions.”
“If you do, you have a risk of accelerated de- leveraging.”
“The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the de- facto central bank, relaxed capital rules for lenders this week to boost the yuan's availability as loan demand surged.”
“The stories-as-rumor were based on stories from fact, but they were conflated and de- and reconstructed and had become a part of Schwarzenegger’s local legend.”
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