- to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.
Origin of devitalize
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Related Wordsemasculate, debilitate, disembowel, deaden, destroy, desiccate, eviscerate, enervate, weaken, exenterate
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
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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