deactivate

verb
de·​ac·​ti·​vate | \(ˌ)dē-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt \

Definition of deactivate 

transitive verb

: to make inactive or ineffective deactivate a bomb deactivate a chemical compound

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Other Words from deactivate

deactivation \(ˌ)dē-​ˌak-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən \ noun
deactivator \(ˌ)dē-​ˈak-​tə-​ˌvā-​tər \ noun

Examples of deactivate in a Sentence

deactivate the machine carefully, or you'll risk an electric shock

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Working independently and with Segway, Lime created software to identify the scooters with these batteries, and deactivated them once identified. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Lime removes some Segway Ninebot scooters from fleet amid concerns of battery fires," 31 Oct. 2018 Two other officers involved in the chase — one white male, one black male — deactivated their body-worn or in-car cameras, Rallings said. Adrian Sainz, The Seattle Times, "Man shot by police; Memphis officers didn’t activate cameras," 18 Sep. 2018 Rallings said two other officers involved in the chase deactivated their cameras. Fox News, "The Latest: Police did not have cameras on in fatal shooting," 18 Sep. 2018 Banks has had public tussles in the past with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Cardi B, and deactivated from Twitter in June after insulting Monét X Change, a RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor. Bridget Read, Vogue, "What’s Going On With Azealia Banks, Grimes, and Elon Musk?," 14 Aug. 2018 Lift your foot off the throttle and all the cylinders deactivate. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Smarter Cylinder-Skipping Will Make Gas Engines Better," 7 Aug. 2018 Mildenberg called for Bernot, who is white, to be deactivated as a police officer. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""Shockingly violent": Man tased in back while sitting on curb sues officer, city," 5 July 2018 Of Becca's 28 contestants, only two chose to deactivate their Instagram pages. refinery29.com, "The Secret Lives Of Becca's Bachelorette Men," 29 May 2018 Wheaton deactivated his Twitter account earlier this month, citing the company’s decision to keep Alex Jones on its platform. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of deactivate

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deactivate was in 1926

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deactivate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deactivate

: to make (something) no longer active or effective

deactivate

transitive verb
de·​ac·​ti·​vate | \(ˈ)dē-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt \
deactivated; deactivating

Medical Definition of deactivate 

1 : to make inactive or ineffective

2 : to deprive of chemical activity deactivate an enzyme

Other Words from deactivate

deactivation \-​ˌak-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən \ noun

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