AskDefine | Define deactivate

Dictionary Definition

deactivate

Verb

1 remove from active military status or reassign; "The men were deactivated after five years of service"
2 make inactive; "they deactivated the file" [syn: inactivate] [ant: activate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

de- + activate

Verb

  1. to make something inactive or no longer effective
  2. to prevent the action of a biochemical agent (such as an enzyme)
  3. to remove a person or piece of hardware from active military service

Translations

to make something inactive or no longer effective
to prevent the action of a biochemical agent
  • German: unterbinden
to remove a person or piece of hardware from active military service

See also

Extensive Definition

Deactivation may refer to;

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

break up, debrief, decommission, demilitarize, demob, demobilize, detach, disarm, disband, discharge, disintegrate, dismiss, disorganize, disperse, dissolve, go separate ways, let go, muster out, part, part company, reconvert, release, scatter, separate, sheathe the sword, split up
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