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Definitions of de

  1. A moving down or from; separation or taking away: de often expresses a negative, and sometimes only augments the sense: de has the force of dis, asunder, as in derange, depart. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. A prefix from Latin de down, from, away; as in debark, decline, decease, deduct, decamp. In words from the French it is equivalent to Latin dis-apart, away; or sometimes to de. Cf. Dis-. It is negative and opposite in derange, deform, destroy, etc. It is intensive in deprave, despoil, declare, desolate, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Latin prefix signifying down or away from. It sometimes negatives and sometimes intensifles the sense. It has often the force of dis in words through the French. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for de

  1. De pizen's draw'd out and clean gone. – Sally Dows and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. Francie remembered now- she had forgotten it- Margaret de Cliche's having told her she meant to come again. – The Reverberator by Henry James