zom·​bi·​fy ˈzäm-bə-ˌfī How to pronounce zombify (audio)
zombified; zombifying

transitive verb

: to turn (an active alert person) into a zombie
zombification noun

Examples of zombify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gal and Libersat could only zombify the cockroaches with a shot to the SEG, however. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2010 Even billionaires who are fond of speculating about runaway AI can sometimes seem indifferent to the possibility that the internet might zombify the entire human race. Meghan O'Gieblyn, Wired, 16 Sep. 2020 But there is still much, much to be learned, just as there is with other highly sophisticated mind-controllers like wasps that enslave cockroaches and fungi that zombify ants. Matt Simon, WIRED, 30 May 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zombify was in 1946

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“Zombify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zombify. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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