de·​per·​son·​al·​ize (ˈ)dē-ˈpər-snə-ˌlīz How to pronounce depersonalize (audio)
depersonalized; depersonalizing; depersonalizes

transitive verb

: to deprive of the sense of personal identity
schools that depersonalize students
: to make impersonal
depersonalizing medical care

Examples of depersonalize in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of depersonalize was in 1866

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“Depersonalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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