devitalize

[ dee-vahyt-l-ahyz ]
/ diˈvaɪt lˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·vi·tal·ized, de·vi·tal·iz·ing.

to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.

Nearby words

  1. devisable,
  2. devisal,
  3. devise,
  4. devisee,
  5. devisor,
  6. devitalized,
  7. devitalized pulp,
  8. devitrify,
  9. devizes,
  10. devocalize

Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.

Origin of devitalize

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + vitalize

Related formsde·vi·tal·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for devitalize

devitalize

devitalise

/ (diːˈvaɪtəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifelessthe war devitalized the economy
Derived Formsdevitalization or devitalisation, noun

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