deactivate

verb
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

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Other Words from deactivate

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

Examples of deactivate in a Sentence

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

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Boeing didn’t tell Southwest Airlines when the carrier began flying 737 Max jets in 2017 that a standard safety feature had been deactivated, the WSJ reported earlier, citing unidentified people familiar. Chakradhar Adusumilli, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Confirms Customers to Have AOA Disagree Alert as Standard," 28 Apr. 2019 The company doesn’t seem to be deactivating the feature by default. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to protect against the ZombieLoad CPU exploit," 15 May 2019 When less is more Maxine Stanich celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family in 2010 more than two years after physician Rita Redberg had deactivated a defibrillator and discharged her with home hospice service. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want," 28 Feb. 2018 According to flight recorder data obtained by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), the pilots failed to deactivate a faulty safety system used to point the aircraft's nose downward to avert stalling. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Tried to Override Technical Glitch Before Fatal Crash," 28 Nov. 2018 Should courts permit the manufacturer’s contract rights to extend to deactivating an IoB device remotely if the device is connected to the internet? Andrea M. Matwyshyn, WSJ, "The ‘Internet of Bodies’ Is Here. Are Courts and Regulators Ready?," 12 Nov. 2018 Eventually, users were deactivated for merely noting the deactivation of other users. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 Upon contacting Amazon, customers have been given different explanations as to why their accounts have been deactivated. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon customers take to social media after mysterious account closures [Updated]," 6 Apr. 2018 The late addition of hops to cold wort during the dry-hopping process means those key enzymes aren't deactivated by the high heat of the boiling stage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How to get that great “hoppy” beer taste without the exploding bottles," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of deactivate

1926, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for deactivate

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 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 deactivation (audio) \ noun

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