de·​claw | \ -ˈklȯ \
declawed; declawing; declaws

Definition of declaw

transitive verb

: to remove the claws of (an animal, such as a cat) surgically

Examples of declaw in a Sentence

We had our cats declawed.

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When the black bear was a year old, he was defanged and declawed, his mouth altered into a gummy mash of pink gums and tongue. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Johnson was part of the Trump transition team that studied the CFPB and, according to several sources, had begun working to declaw it before the president took office. Devin Leonard,, "Mick Mulvaney Is Having a Blast Running the Agency He Detests," 25 May 2018 The bobcat weighs 14 pounds and has been declawed on all four paws. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Bobcat found living with convicted felon in Orland Park finds new home at Minnesota wildcat sanctuary," 30 Mar. 2018 More: Unmasked, not declawed: How a Jerry Tipton parody Twitter account took aim at Louisville Winchell then hit two more free throws, give the Highlanders a 51-47 lead with 3:10 left and No. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central boys basketball holds on for win over rival Jeffersonville," 16 Jan. 2018 Already neutered (and declawed), the now-famous feline was a steal at the $20 adoption fee. Saryn Chorney,, "Fat Cat ‘Mr. Handsome’ Is Off the Market! 31-lb. Shelter Cat Who Became Overnight Internet Sensation Gets Adopted," 1 Aug. 2017 Why Republicans Want to Declaw the Nation's Consumer Watchdog Supporters of the agency say that’s exactly the point. Martha C. White, NBC News, "Axing Dodd-Frank Could Put the Entire Financial System at Risk," 12 June 2017 Socks is litter trained, neutered and was front declawed before coming to PAWS (not something advocated by the group), and his list of endearing qualities seems never-ending. Laura Bruck,, "Easy-going Socks takes everything in stride," 7 May 2017 Animal-welfare advocates and many veterinarians say declawing involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle and leaves them permanently injured. Chicago Tribune,, "Bill would make New York first state to ban declawing of cats," 2 May 2017

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of declaw

: to permanently remove the claws of (a cat)
de·​claw | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈklȯ \

Medical Definition of declaw

: to remove the claws of (a cat) usually with the nail matrix and all or part of the last bone of the toe

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