de·​mys·​ti·​fy | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmi-stə-ˌfī How to pronounce demystify (audio) \
demystified; demystifying; demystifies

Definition of demystify

transitive verb

: to eliminate the mystifying features of

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demystification \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmi-​stə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce demystification (audio) \ noun

Examples of demystify in a Sentence

The class is intended to demystify the process of using a computer. a wine book that does a lot to demystify the subject for the casual drinker who just wants a good bottle for dinner
Recent Examples on the Web Bringing humor and a sense of play to the topic can go a long way toward demystifying it. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Limits, schlimits: It’s time to rethink how we teach calculus," 10 Nov. 2019 Even mention the incident to your stylist to demystify it. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Should I have told a boor at the hair salon to go soak her head?," 1 Nov. 2019 When people write about secret societies, there is a desire to demystify them. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "She Was in a Secret Society at Yale. Her Latest Novel Explores the Dark and Mysterious World of the Ivy League," 8 Oct. 2019 Breakout sessions will include Music Like Air that bring together experts from Pandora, Google and Soundhound to demystify music discovery and listening as voice interfaces replace physical input and visual displays. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "N.W.A's Arabian Prince Refereeing Blockchain 'Cage Match' at Music Tectonics Conference," 23 Sep. 2019 This primer of first-time cruise tips helps demystify the cruise experience for newcomers just getting their feet wet. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "A First-Timer's Guide to Cruising," 14 Aug. 2019 Our speakers’ demystified what makes millennials tick, from their receptivity to investing in new asset types to their expectations as customers of financial services. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How Millennials Invest: Finance and Tech Execs Opine," 28 Aug. 2019 On her site, Lab Muffin (, the chemist demystifies scientific lingo and product labels to help inform laypeople and promote critical thinking about abstruse beauty claims. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "25 People Changing the Beauty Industry," 3 Sep. 2019 The first class will aim to demystify how the price of a bottle affects – or doesn’t – quality and taste. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Flight Cleveland tastings, Rustic Grill specials, more," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of demystify

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of demystify was in 1963

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21 Nov 2019

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“Demystify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of demystify

: to make (something) clear and easy to understand : to explain (something) so that it no longer confuses or mystifies someone

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