Definitions for deactivatediˈæk təˌveɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•ac•ti•vatediˈæk təˌveɪt(v.)-vat•ed, -vat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to make inactive:

    to deactivate a chemical.

  2. to demobilize or disband (a military unit).

    Category: Military

  3. to render (a bomb or shell) inoperative.

    Category: Military

  4. (v.i.)to lose radioactivity.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deactivate(verb)

    remove from active military status or reassign

    "The men were deactivated after five years of service"

  2. inactivate, deactivate(verb)

    make inactive

    "they deactivated the file"


  1. deactivate(Verb)

    to make something inactive or no longer effective

  2. deactivate(Verb)

    to prevent the action of a biochemical agent (such as an enzyme)

  3. deactivate(Verb)

    to remove a person or piece of hardware from active military service


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