Meaning of decompose

de•com•pose

Pronunciation: (dē"kum-pōz'), [key]
— v., -posed, -pos•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate: The bacteria decomposed the milk into its solid and liquid elements.
—v.i.
  1. to rot; putrefy: The egg began to decompose after a day in the sun.
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