- to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.
Origin of devitalize
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Examples from the Web for devitalize
But the biologist cannot devitalize a plant or an animal and revivify it again.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
Its effect must have also been to devitalize the oxygen and nitrogen of the atmosphere.A Republic Without a President and Other Stories
His opinions, whatever they are, do not devitalize his fiction.The Critical Game</p>
John Albert Macy
Now will to devitalize the entire hand from the wrist to the finger-tips.The Renaissance of the Vocal Art
These shoots are useless, devitalize the vine, and hinder vineyard operations.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- (tr) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifelessthe war devitalized the economy
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