What does deactivate mean?

Definitions for deactivatediˈæk təˌveɪt

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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(v. t.)

    To make inactive; to render ineffective; as, to deactivate a bomb; to deactivate a machine; to deactivate the alarm. The deactivation of a machine or device is usually a reversible process; switching off an electrical device may be referred to as deactivation. To render an enzyme or catalyst ineffective is more commonly referred to as to inactivate.

  2. deactivate(v. t.)

    To disband (a military unit, or other group); to discontinue (a group activity); as, to deactivate the regiment; to deactivate the investigation.


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deactivate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deactivate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Images & Illustrations of deactivate

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