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devitalize

verb de·vi·tal·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of DEVITALIZE

transitive verb
:  to deprive of life, vigor, or effectiveness
de·vi·tal·i·za·tion \-ˌvī-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of DEVITALIZE

  1. <overuse has devitalized many a once-striking figure of speech>
  2. <she was devitalized by the infection>

First Known Use of DEVITALIZE

1849

Rhymes with DEVITALIZE

accessorize, acclimatize, actualize, aerobicize, aestheticize, Africanize, allegorize, alphabetize, analogize, anatomize, anesthetize, animalize, annualize, antagonize, anthologize, anticlockwise, apologize, apostatize, apostrophize, arabicize, aromatize, automatize, bureaucratize, cannibalize, capitalize, categorize, catheterize, catholicize, characterize, collectivize, commercialize, commoditize, communalize, computerize, conservatize, containerize, contrariwise, conveyorize, cosmeticize, counterclockwise, criminalize, cross-fertilize, cut down to size, decentralize, decolonize, de-emphasize, de-energize, defeminize, deformalize, deglamorize, dehumanize, deionize, demagnetize, demobilize, democratize, demoralize, denationalize, deodorize, depersonalize, depolarize, depressurize, desensitize, destabilize, destigmatize, detribalize, diabolize, digitalize, disenfranchise, disorganize, economize, emblematize, emotionalize, epitomize, epoxidize, eroticize, eternalize, evangelize, extemporize, externalize, familiarize, fanaticize, fictionalize, floor exercise, fool's paradise, formularize, free enterprise, gelatinize, generalize, geologize, Hispanicize, historicize, homogenize, hospitalize, hypothesize, idealize, illegalize, immobilize, immortalize, impersonalize, Indianize, indigenize, infantilize, initialize, internalize, italicize, legitimize, liberalize, literalize, lobotomize, lysogenize, macadamize, marginalize, metabolize, metastasize, militarize, mineralize, monopolize, mythologize, nationalize, naturalize, parenthesize, philosophize, poeticize, politicize, popularize, prioritize, proselytize, radicalize, reorganize, revitalize, ritualize, romanticize, secularize, self-fertilize, sensualize, sexualize, sovietize, subjectivize, suburbanize, subvocalize, systematize, temporalize, theologize, traditionalize, trivialize, ventriloquize, visualize

devitalize

transitive verb de·vi·tal·ize   (Medical Dictionary)
de·vi·tal·ized or British de·vi·tal·isedde·vi·tal·iz·ing or British de·vi·tal·is·ing

Medical Definition of DEVITALIZE

:  to deprive of life or vitality: as a :  to refine (as foodstuffs) to the point that essential or desirable constituents are lost b :  to subject (a tooth or its pulp) to devitalization

Variants of DEVITALIZE

de·vi·tal·ize or British de·vi·tal·ise \(ˈ)dē-ˈvīt-əl-ˌīz\

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