- to cause to be inactive; remove the effectiveness of.
- to demobilize or disband (a military unit).
- to render (a bomb, shell, or the like) inoperative, especially by disconnecting, removing, or otherwise interfering with the action of the fuze.
- Chemistry. to render (a chemical, enzyme, catalyst, etc.) inactive.
- Physical Chemistry. to lose radioactivity.
Origin of deactivate
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Examples from the Web for deactivate
- (tr) to make (a bomb, etc) harmless or inoperative
- (intr) to become less radioactive
- (tr) US to end the active status of (a military unit)
- chem to return or cause to return from an activated state to a normal or ground state
Word Origin and History for deactivate
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