Definition of decompress in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiːkəmˈprɛs/


[with object]
1 [with object] Relieve of compressing forces, in particular.
1.1Subject (a diver) to decompression: when a worker is suddenly decompressed, he should be placed in the airlock
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  • But beware that being deeper may not decompress you adequately.
  • The time wasted by compression and decompression, and the associated dangers, are thus minimized, since the diver may only have to be compressed and decompressed once during the spell at pressure.
  • Then all four of the teams would decompress at approximately the same time.
1.2Expand (compressed data) to its normal size so that it can be read and processed by a computer: it takes less time to load a small file and decompress it than to pull a larger file off the disk
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  • Dozen of software programs, including tools built into recent versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, can read and decompress any file bearing the. zip extension.
  • Knowing how to compress and decompress an archived file is essential, especially in today's world of online computing.
  • The process isn't necessarily symmetrical - it often takes longer to compress a digital music file than to decompress it for playback.
2 [no object] North American informal Calm down and relax: Michael sits for a minute to decompress before walking home
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  • It allows soldiers to stay focused while fighting in a dangerous environment, and when they return to the FOB, they can relax and decompress after a day on the streets.
  • ‘After sitting in an office for eight hours a day, working out was the perfect way to decompress and relax,’ she says.
  • Relief washed over her, but she needed a couple minutes to decompress.

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