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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To relieve of pressure or compression.
  • intransitive verb To bring (a person exposed to conditions of increased pressure) gradually back to normal atmospheric pressure.
  • intransitive verb To adjust to normal atmospheric conditions after being exposed to increased pressure.
  • intransitive verb Informal To relax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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