de·​ac·​ti·​vate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce deactivate (audio) \
deactivated; deactivating; deactivates

Definition of deactivate

transitive verb

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

Other Words from deactivate

deactivation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌak-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce deactivate (audio) \ noun
deactivator \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈak-​tə-​ˌvā-​tər How to pronounce deactivate (audio) \ noun

Examples of deactivate in a Sentence

deactivate the machine carefully, or you'll risk an electric shock
Recent Examples on the Web Hot weather can temporarily deactivate aster yellows, but this won’t resolve the situation. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2022 Only giving users the ability to temporarily disable or deactivate an account doesn’t cut it. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 July 2022 For maximum grins, fully deactivate the M4's stability control and switch to 2WD mode to transform it into a rubber-burning rear-driver. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 22 June 2022 At the same time, the app maker must ensure people can fully delete their account, not just deactivate it, and that all personal data is deleted, according to the Apple developer website. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, 26 May 2022 In April 2016, according to the filing, Southwest and Boeing representatives discussed a plan to install the alert on a single current 737, and then deactivate it once the new MAX model entered service, according to the filing. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 12 May 2022 For four weeks prior to the 2018 midterm elections, the authors randomly divided a group of volunteers into two cohorts—one that continued to use Facebook as usual, and another that was paid to deactivate their accounts for that period. The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Therefore, the only surefire method is to deactivate RCS altogether. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 May 2022 On Tuesday, Zerlina began organizing a Twitter boycott, asking others on social media to deactivate their accounts — at least temporarily. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for deactivate


transitive verb
de·​ac·​ti·​vate | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce deactivate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce deactivate (audio) \ noun

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