devitalize

[dee-vahyt-l-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·vi·tal·ized, de·vi·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
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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devitalize

devitalise

verb
  1. (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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