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de-

pref.
1. Do or make the opposite of; reverse: decriminalize.
2. Remove or remove from: delouse; deoxygenate.
3. Out of: deplane; defenestration.
4. Reduce; degrade: declass.
5. Derived from: deverbative.

[Middle English de-, from Old French de- (from Latin dē-, from, off, apart, away, down, out, completely, from ; see de- in Indo-European roots) or from Old French des-, out, off, apart, away, completely (from Latin dis-, dis-, and Latin dē-).]

de-

prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
1. removal of or from something specified: deforest; dethrone.
2. reversal of something: decode; decompose; desegregate.
3. departure from: decamp.
[from Latin, from (prep) from, away from, out of, etc. In compound words of Latin origin, de- also means away, away from (decease); down (degrade); reversal (detect); removal (defoliate); and is used intensively (devote) and pejoratively (detest)]

de-

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a prefix, occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, used to form verbs that denote motion or conveyance down from, away, or off (deflect; descend); reversal or undoing of the effects of an action (deflate); extraction or removal of a thing (decaffeinate); thoroughness or completeness of an action (despoil).
[Middle English < Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, < French < Latin dē- or dis- dis-1]

DE

1. Delaware.
2. destroyer escort.

D.E.

1. Doctor of Engineering.
2. driver education.
References in classic literature ?
The visits came about through a de- sire on the part of the doctor to read to the boy from the pages of a book he was in the process of writing.