- to rid of poison or the effect of poison.
- to treat (a person addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of detoxification.
- to undergo detoxification.
Origin of detoxify
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Even now, despite David Cameron's efforts to “detoxify” the Tory brand, the party only holds one Scottish seat.A Stand-Alone Scotland
January 11, 2012
- to remove poison from; detoxicate
- to treat (a person) for alcoholism or drug addiction
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Word Origin and History for detoxify
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of a substance.
- To remove the effects of poison from something, such as the blood.
- To treat a person for alcohol or drug dependence, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of intoxicating or addictive substances.
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