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

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Two of Maryland’s top experts on public health and addiction medicine have published a book this week that seeks to demystify the opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state and nation with staggering overdose death tolls. Doug Donovan,, "Confused about the opioid overdose epidemic? These Maryland experts provide answers in comprehensive new book," 7 June 2019 Self Service was really the first publication to throw the spotlight on to those behind the scenes, simultaneously celebrating and demystifying fashion culture. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Self Service Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With An Exhibition At Dallas Contemporary," 6 Apr. 2019 Here are some more tips for demystifying your chest pain. 4. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 This helps demystify the conditions that affect so many people. Molly Burford, Teen Vogue, "4 Ways You Might Accidentally Be Perpetuating Mental Health Stigma," 28 Dec. 2018 Complex cellular lifeforms would have had ample time to evolve in this scenario, demystifying their existence in fossils dating back 3.5 billion years. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Life on Earth May Have Been Born From a Maelstrom of Molten Iron," 15 Jan. 2019 Jenna Lyons, who as the former executive creative director and president of J.Crew became an inspirational figure for women all over the world, simultaneously celebrating and demystifying fashion, is back. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Jenna Lyons Is Back, and She’s Returning With a Brand-New Multi-Platform Venture," 8 Oct. 2018 Part of Camerlengo and curator in charge Jill D’Alessandro’s remit was to demystify Muslim dress, which has often been under- or misrepresented. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Modesty Makes Its Mark in “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” at the de Young Museum," 21 Sep. 2018 Fed chairs have traditionally done such on-the-record interviews only sparingly, and Thursday’s appearance offers the latest example of Mr. Powell’s desire to demystify what the central bank is doing and why. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Trade Policies Complicate Economic Outlook," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of demystify

1963, in the meaning defined above

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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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to take the place or position of

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