to deprive of vitality, make lifeless, weaken.
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  • Devitalize — De*vi tal*ize, v. t. To deprive of life or vitality. {De*vi tal*i*za tion}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devitalize — index adulterate, attenuate, debilitate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), eviscerate, exhaust (deplete) …   Law dictionary

  • devitalize — (Amer.) de·vi·tal·ize || ‚diː vaɪtÉ™laɪz v. drain of vitality, make lifeless (also devitalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • devitalize — [dē vīt′ l īz΄] vt. devitalized, devitalizing to make listless or ineffective; lower the vitality of; weaken devitalization n …   English World dictionary

  • devitalize — transitive verb Date: 1849 to deprive of life, vigor, or effectiveness • devitalization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devitalize — devitalization, n. /dee vuyt l uyz /, v.t., devitalized, devitalizing. to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken. Also, esp. Brit., devitalise. [1840 50; DE + VITALIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • devitalize — To deprive of vitality or of vital properties. * * * de·vi·tal·ize or Brit de·vi·tal·ise ( )dē vīt əl .īz vt, ized or Brit ised; iz·ing or Brit is·ing to deprive of life or vitality: as a) to refine (as foodstuffs) to the point that essential or… …   Medical dictionary

  • devitalize — Synonyms and related words: abate, afflict, attenuate, blunt, castrate, cramp, cripple, damp, dampen, deaden, debilitate, demasculinize, deprive, derange, desex, desexualize, disable, disorder, dry up, dull, effeminize, emasculate, enervate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • devitalize — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To lessen or deplete the nerve, energy, or strength of: attenuate, debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap2, undermine, undo, unnerve, weaken. See STRONG …   English dictionary for students

  • devitalize — or devitalise verb [usu. as adjective devitalized] deprive of strength and vigour. Derivatives devitalization noun …   English new terms dictionary

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