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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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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