Definition of decompress in English:



  • 1with object Relieve or reduce the pressure on (something).

    1. 1.1 Expand (compressed data) to its normal size so that it can be read and processed by a computer.
    2. 1.2 Subject (a diver) to decompression.
  • 2North American informal no object Calm down and relax.

    ‘Michael sits for a minute to decompress before walking home’
    • ‘‘Just to start the day and get your blood flowing or decompress before bedtime,’ she says.’
    • ‘Relief washed over her, but she needed a couple minutes to decompress.’
    • ‘5 p.m. Start to decompress and make plans for tomorrow, so stress is reduced.’
    • ‘It took me some months after defending my dissertation before I could decompress, but I did.’
    • ‘Changes aside, Stress Recess is the answer when you need to decompress.’
    • ‘The bark of seals drowns out the din of the city you left behind, and at night the canal's placid silence is just what you need to decompress.’
    • ‘‘After sitting in an office for eight hours a day, working out was the perfect way to decompress and relax,’ she says.’
    • ‘It will help you decompress and establish boundaries between work and play.’
    • ‘In a reality of pain and hypervigilance, cops decompress by leaning on one another and/or taunting the living hell out of each other.’
    • ‘‘It gives people a place to go to decompress,’ the owner recently told me.’
    • ‘I'm heading where I can't be found for a while… time to decompress.’
    • ‘Nancy Monson is a freelance writer in Fairfield, Conn., who decompresses from holiday get-togethers by sneaking off to the movies.’
    • ‘Now he's decompressing and has no plans to leap into anything new just yet.’
    • ‘In the clubhouse afterward, decompressing at his locker with his elbows on his knees, Hensley couldn't stop shaking his head.’
    • ‘‘You have to decompress before feeling turned on,’ says Goldman.’
    • ‘We were decompressing from a full day of bar study and torture.’
    • ‘R. stretched out on the couch while G. and I unloaded the van but she could hardly wait to get into one of the rocking chairs on the front porch where we ate lunch and began the process of decompressing from our long journey.’
    • ‘The question, which has been eating at Matthews for several years, is gnawing on him a couple of hours later as he decompresses at a party at Spago in Beverly Hills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been walking all day and night, and am now decompressing before the flight home in the morning.’
    compose oneself, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, control oneself, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, pull oneself together, keep one's head, simmer down, cool down, cool off, take it easy
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