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

Definition of depersonalize

transitive verb

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

Examples of depersonalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, generic characters in melodramatic poses strategically depersonalize subjects to the benefit of thematic punch and decorative finesse. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 That drives the impulse many businesses have to depersonalize feedback, reduce it to topline numbers and keep the customer voice at a more comfortable distance. Jason Vandeboom, Forbes, 23 May 2022 The anti-recall campaign understands this and is trying to depersonalize the campaign. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2022 Jackson says to take a step back and depersonalize the issue at hand and show grace toward the friend — something 29-year-old bartender Hannah Eagle has recently taken to heart. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Plus, decluttering typically makes spaces appear larger. Remember to depersonalize. Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2021 All these factors are combining to depersonalize medicine and suck the soul out of many providers. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2021 Scalia’s ability to depersonalize intellectual debate was a function of his self-confidence and sense of humor. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 17 Oct. 2020 But Russian health workers are also at the mercy of a convoluted, depersonalized, and unforgiving bureaucracy that increasingly appears outmatched by the pandemic. Anton Troianovski,, 14 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of depersonalize

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Depersonalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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