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 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 This one is based on an explanation of the writings of the Taoist sage Chuang Tzu on presence, given by the British philosopher Alan Watts, who demystified Eastern philosophy for Westerners in the 20th century. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Use these mantras to start, power through, and finish your day," 10 Aug. 2019 The point, McConville said, wasn’t to fight over which equation was best, but to show the limitations of a one-size-fits-all model, and to demystify the process of rankings. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "US News & World Report ranks America's 'best' colleges. But, is there really a way to know?," 7 Aug. 2019 Canada now regards the Black Axe as an official criminal organization, and Trotter and Kelly demystify its structure and crimes for law enforcement agents worldwide. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 For years, organizations that promote women in politics argued that having multiple women running for president — rather than the one-and-only nature of Mrs. Clinton’s campaigns — would demystify the idea of a female president. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It.," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of demystify

1963, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of demystify was in 1963

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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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