1. Not: dissimilar.
a. Absence of: disinterest.
b. Opposite of: disfavor.
3. Undo; do the opposite of: disarrange.
a. Deprive of: disfranchise.
b. Remove: disbud.
5. Free from: disintoxicate.
6. Used as an intensive: disannul.
[Middle English, from Old French des-, from Latin dis-, apart, asunder.]
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