Words That Start with Dec: List and Meanings

Discover a comprehensive list of words starting with “dec,” perfect for expanding your vocabulary or finding just the right term.

  1. Decade- A period of ten years.
  2. Decaf- Coffee without caffeine.
  3. Decagon- A polygon with ten sides.
  4. Decal- A design prepared on special paper for transfer to another surface.
  5. Decamp- To leave suddenly or secretly.
  6. Decant- To gradually pour liquid from one container to another.
  7. Decay- The process of rotting or decomposing.
  8. Deceased- No longer living; dead.
  9. Decent- Conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behavior.
  10. Deception- The act of deceiving; trickery or deceit.
  11. Decibel- A unit used to measure the intensity of sound.
  12. Deciduous- Trees or shrubs that shed their leaves annually.
  13. Decimal- Based on the number ten.
  14. Decimate- To kill, destroy, or remove a large portion of.
  15. Decision- A conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.
  16. Decisive- Settling an issue; producing a definite result.
  17. Decline- To decrease or diminish over time.
  18. Decipher- To convert a code into normal language.
  19. Decline- To refuse an invitation or offer.
  20. Decompose- To break down into simpler substances.
  21. Decontaminate- To remove hazardous substances.
  22. Decorate- To make something look more attractive by adding items to it.
  23. Decorous- In keeping with good taste and propriety; polite.
  24. Decorum- Behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety.
  25. Decrease- To become or make something smaller or fewer in number.
  26. Decree- An official order issued by a legal authority.
  27. Decriminalize- To make an act or behavior no longer illegal.
  28. Decrepit- Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect.
  29. Dedicate- To commit oneself to a particular course of thought or action.
  30. Deduce- To arrive at a fact or conclusion by reasoning.
  31. Deface- To spoil the surface or appearance of something.
  32. Default- Failure to fulfill an obligation.
  33. Defeat- To win a victory over an opponent.
  34. Defend- To protect against attack or harm.
  35. Defensible- Capable of being protected or defended.
  36. Deference- Humble submission and respect.
  37. Deficient- Lacking in some necessary quality or element.
  38. Defile- To make unclean or impure.
  39. Define- To state or describe the nature or meaning of.
  40. Definite- Clearly stated or decided.
  41. Deflate- To let air or gas out of (a tire, balloon, etc.).
  42. Deflect- To cause something to change direction.
  43. Defraud- To deceive someone to gain something.
  44. Defray- To provide money to pay a cost or expense.
  45. Deft- Skillful and quick in one’s movements.
  46. Defunct- No longer existing or functioning.
  47. Degenerate- To decline or deteriorate physically, mentally, or morally.
  48. Degrade- To treat or regard someone with contempt or disrespect.
  49. Degree- A unit of measurement; academic achievement.
  50. Dehydrate- To remove water from.
  51. Deification- The act of making someone into a god.
  52. Deify- To worship or regard someone as a god.
  53. Deign- To do something that one considers beneath one’s dignity.
  54. Deity- A god or goddess.
  55. Delay- To make something late or slow.
  56. Delegate- A person sent to represent others.
  57. Delete- To remove text or data.
  58. Deliberate- Done consciously and intentionally.
  59. Delicate- Easily broken or damaged.
  60. Delight- Great pleasure.
  61. Delineate- To describe or portray precisely.
  62. Delinquent- Failing in one’s duty; lawbreaking.
  63. Deliver- To bring and hand over to the proper recipient.
  64. Delude- To mislead or deceive.
  65. Deluge- A severe flood.
  66. Demand- To ask for forcefully.
  67. Demeanor- Outward behavior or bearing.
  68. Dementia- A chronic disorder of the mental processes.
  69. Demise- A person’s death.
  70. Demonstrate- To clearly show the existence or truth of something.
  71. Demoralize- To cause someone to lose confidence or hope.
  72. Demote- To reduce to a lower rank or position.
  73. Denote- To be a sign of; to indicate.
  74. Denounce- To publicly declare to be wrong or evil.
  75. Deny- To refuse to admit the truth or existence of.
  76. Depart- To leave, typically in order to start a journey.
  77. Depend- To rely on for support.
  78. Depict- To show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.
  79. Deplete- To use up the supply of.
  80. Deplore- To feel or express strong disapproval of.
  81. Deploy- To move troops or equipment into position.
  82. Depose- To remove from office suddenly and forcefully.
  83. Deposit- To put or set down.
  84. Deprecate- To express disapproval of.
  85. Depress- To make someone feel sad or unhappy.
  86. Deprive- To deny the possession or use of something.
  87. Derail- To cause a train to leave its tracks.
  88. Deride- To express contempt for.
  89. Derive- To obtain something from a specified source.
  90. Descend- To move or fall downward.
  91. Describe- To give an account in words.
  92. Desert- To abandon.
  93. Deserve- To do something or have/show qualities worthy of reward or punishment.
  94. Designate- To appoint to a specified position.
  95. Desirable- Worth having or wanting.
  96. Desist- To cease or abstain.
  97. Desolate- Deserted and lonely.
  98. Despair- The complete loss or absence of hope.
  99. Desperate- Feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.
  100. Despite- Without being affected by; in spite of.

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