[ dee-tok-suh-fahy ]
/ diˈtɒk sə faɪ /

verb (used with object), de·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing.

to rid of poison or the effect of poison.
to treat (a person addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of detoxification.

verb (used without object), de·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing.

to undergo detoxification.

Origin of detoxify

First recorded in 1900–05; detoxi(cate) + -fy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for detoxify

  • Even now, despite David Cameron's efforts to “detoxify” the Tory brand, the party only holds one Scottish seat.

    A Stand-Alone Scotland|Alex Massie|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for detoxify

/ (diːˈtɒksɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to remove poison from; detoxicate
to treat (a person) for alcoholism or drug addiction

Derived forms of detoxify

detoxification, noun
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Medical definitions for detoxify

[ dē-tŏksə-fī′ ]


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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