inactivate

[ in-ak-tuh-veyt ]
/ ɪnˈæk təˌveɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ac·ti·vat·ed, in·ac·ti·vat·ing.

to make inactive: The bomb was inactivated.
Immunology. to stop the activity of (certain biological substances).

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Origin of inactivate

First recorded in 1905–10; inactive + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM inactivate

in·ac·ti·va·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inactivate

inactivate
/ (ɪnˈæktɪˌveɪt) /

verb

(tr) to render inactive

Derived forms of inactivate

inactivation, noun
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Medical definitions for inactivate

inactivate
[ ĭn-ăktə-vāt′ ]

v.

To render nonfunctional.
To make quiescent.

Other words from inactivate

in•ac′ti•vation n.
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