de·​mys·​ti·​fy | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmis-tə-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-​ˌmis-​tə-​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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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 Classes such as the ones devised by Warner Bros. aim to demystify the industry for young people, exposing them to its many facets and not just the glamorous gigs in front of the camera. Ryan Faughnder,, "Movie studio seeks a behind-the-scenes role in L.A. schools to help fix Hollywood's inclusion problem," 29 June 2018 Students are then responsible for parsing out the steps to demystify the issue, such as charting out individual characteristics of Mussolini and Hitler. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Inside a 'D' school: An Arizona junior high grapples with its state letter grade," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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