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decompose

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decomposede‧com‧pose /ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz $ -ˈpoʊz/ verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 DECAYto decay or make something decay 🔊 a partially decomposed body2 SEPARATEHC technical to divide into smaller parts, or to make something do thisdecomposition /ˌdiːkɒmpəˈzɪʃən $ -kɑːm-/ noun [uncountable]
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decomposeIt would decompose and could cause the pool liner to sag.Five to ten sub-systems is accepted as the normal range, which can then be decomposed as required to show lower-order activities.A partly decomposed body was found late Saturday.I poked at its decomposing body with a long driftwood stick, working to turn it over.Diapers don't decompose in landfills.The elderly in Boston and New York were decomposing in their rooms.As household refuse decomposes, it produces an explosive gas, methane.As bacteria decomposed it, they released CO2 into the air.A dead fish in the aquarium will decompose rapidly, fouling the water badly.In this way, semantic markers decompose the meanings of words into more primitive elements.Some minerals seem to survive more or less unaltered even after being subject to prolonged weathering, whereas others decompose very rapidly.If turned, two or three times, the heap will decompose without getting too hot or becoming mildewed.
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Verb table
decompose
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theydecompose
he, she, itdecomposes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theydecomposed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave decomposed
he, she, ithas decomposed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad decomposed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill decompose
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have decomposed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam decomposing
he, she, itis decomposing
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you, we, theyare decomposing
Past
I, he, she, itwas decomposing
you, we, theywere decomposing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been decomposing
he, she, ithas been decomposing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been decomposing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be decomposing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been decomposing
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