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 Part of that demystify mission was in the name—to keep the anonymity of where patients were walking into or where they were being dropped off. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "1917 Clinic surges into a fourth decade fighting HIV," 1 Dec. 2019 At the same time, real-world problem-solving can demystify technologies like AI that are becoming integral to our work and daily lives. Tara Chklovski, Quartz, "Prioritizing STEM and coding won’t fill one of the biggest gaps in education," 25 Nov. 2019 A few weeks ago, bipartisan representatives pushed a bill that would demystify hidden resort fees—the often expensive, unspecific fees that make the price of rooms skyrocket at checkout—onto the floor of the House of Representatives. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Virgin Hotels' CEO Raul Leal Wants to End Hidden Fees at Hotels," 6 Nov. 2019 And in Because Internet, McCulloch continues to demystify and delight. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads," 2 Nov. 2019 Her goal is to inform her practice of demystifying funerals and infusing the end of life with positivity. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, "This millennial mortician is closing the casket on the traditional funeral industry," 16 Oct. 2019 His defense is generally terrible, and for all his offensive production (23.7 ppg, 46% FG, 37% 3FG), it's been easy to demystify the hype and ask whether any of his production actually leads to wins. Andrew Sharp,, "The Case for the Bulls As a 2020 Playoff Team," 25 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of demystify

1963, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Demystify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 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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