Definition of de- in English:


Syllabification: de-


  • 1(Forming verbs and their derivatives) down; away: descend deduct
  • 1.1Completely: denude derelict
  • 2(Added to verbs and their derivatives) denoting removal or reversal: deaerate de-ice
  • 3Denoting formation from: deverbal


from Latin de 'off, from'; sense 2 via Old French des- from Latin dis-.

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