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decorative
  • s  serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
    the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative
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decorous
  • a  characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
    the tete-a-tete was decorous in the extreme
  • s  according with custom or propriety
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decreased
  • v  decrease in size, extent, or range
    The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester
  • v  make smaller
    He decreased his staff
  • a  made less in size or amount or degree
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decreasing
  • v  decrease in size, extent, or range
  • v  make smaller
  • a  becoming less or smaller
  • a  music
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decreed
  • v  issue a decree
  • v  decide with authority
    The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed
  • s  fixed or established especially by order or command
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decrepit
  • s  worn and broken down by hard use
    a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape
  • s  lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
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decrescendo
  • n  (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
  • v  grow quieter
    The music decrescendoes here
  • s  gradually decreasing in volume
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decurved
  • s  bent down or curved downward
    the decurved bill of a curlew
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decussate
  • v  cross or intersect so as to form a cross
    this nerve decussates the other
    the fibers decussate
  • s  crossed or intersected in the form of an X
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dedicated
  • v  give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
  • v  open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building
  • v  inscribe or address by way of compliment
    She dedicated her book to her parents
  • v  set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
  • a  devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose
    a dedicated dancer
    dedicated teachers
    dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal"- A.Lincoln
  • a  solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
    a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II
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dedifferentiated
  • v  lose specialization in form or function
  • s  having experienced or undergone dedifferentiation or the loss of specialization in form or function
    the hebephrenic--the most severely dedifferentiated of all schizophrenic patients
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deductible
  • n  (taxes) an amount that can be deducted (especially for the purposes of calculating income tax)
  • n  a clause in an insurance policy that relieves the insurer of responsibility to pay the initial loss up to a stated amount
  • a  acceptable as a deduction (especially as a tax deduction)
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deductive
  • a  relating to logical deduction
    deductive reasoning
  • a  involving inferences from general principles
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deep
  • n  the central and most intense or profound part
    in the deep of night
    in the deep of winter
  • n  a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
  • n  literary term for an ocean
    denizens of the deep
  • a  relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply
    a deep breath
    a deep sigh
    deep concentration
    deep emotion
    a deep trance
    in a deep sleep
  • s  marked by depth of thinking
    deep thoughts
    a deep allegory
  • a  having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination
    a deep well
    a deep dive
    deep water
    a deep casserole
    a deep gash
    deep massage
    deep pressure receptors in muscles
    deep shelves
    a deep closet
    surrounded by a deep yard
    hit the ball to deep center field
    in deep space
    waist-deep
  • s  very distant in time or space
    deep in the past
    deep in enemy territory
    deep in the woods
    a deep space probe
  • s  extreme
    in deep trouble
    deep happiness
  • s  having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
    a deep voice
  • s  strong; intense
    deep purple
  • s  relatively thick from top to bottom
    deep carpets
    deep snow
  • s  extending relatively far inward
    a deep border
  • s  (of darkness) very intense
    a face in deep shadow
    deep night
  • s  large in quantity or size
    deep cuts in the budget
  • s  with head or back bent low
    a deep bow
  • s  of an obscure nature
    a deep dark secret
  • s  difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
    a deep metaphysical theory
  • s  exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy
    deep political machinations
    a deep plot
  • r  to a great depth; far down
    dived deeply
    dug deep
  • r  to an advanced time
    deep into the night
  • r  to a great distance
    penetrated deep into enemy territory
    went deep into the woods
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deep-chested
  • s  thick in the chest
    a deep-chested breed of dog
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deep-fried
  • v  cook by immersing in fat
  • s  cooked by frying in fat
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