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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To relieve of pressure or compression.
  • transitive v. To bring (a person exposed to conditions of increased pressure) gradually back to normal atmospheric pressure.
  • intransitive v. To adjust to normal atmospheric conditions after being exposed to increased pressure.
  • intransitive v. Informal To relax: decompressed after 12 hours of driving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To relieve the pressure or compression on something.
  • v. To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
  • v. To restore compressed data to its normal size.
  • v. To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
  • v. To relax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to undergo the process of decompression.
  • transitive v. to subject to the process of decompression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. restore to its uncompressed form
  • v. decrease the pressure of
  • v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease

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