deactivate deactivate  /ˌdi ˈæk tɪ ˌveɪt/


  1. (v) remove from active military status or reassign
  2. (v) make inactive


  1. You have to deactivate the mines one by one.
  2. Removing the pack will deactivate the lever that operates the doll's teeth.
  3. THE GOOD NEWS British scientists have managed to deactivate cancer cells in mice.


  1. Lawmakers To Vote On Changes To NYC’s Muni Meter System

    Under the measure, the city's 13,000 Muni Meters would be required to deactivate when parking rules are not in effect or when receipt paper is not available.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS New York

  2. To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Stars Who Just Can't Decide About Twitter

    Liam Hemsworth joined Twitter yesterday despite not being so fond of the site back in October 2009, when he convinced his now-fiancée, Miley Cyrus , to deactivate her account. Both stars have active accounts as of Wednesday, and Liam's first official tweet read, "Glad to be on board. Thanks for following." While he's only following 13 people, including Miley, Liam has already racked up over 70 ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: PopSugar


  1. "Such costs could range up to $10,000 per tank depending on the location of the tank's destinations," Mr Fitzgibbon said in a statement. "Further, the time frame to fully deactivate the Leopard tanks fleet and render them in a safe condition...
    on Oct 28, 2008 By: Joel Fitzgibbon Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "I don't know that the guy that way hurts you when you deactivate him," Lewis said moments after the Bengals dropped to 1-9-1.
    on Nov 20, 2008 By: Marvin Lewis Source: Hamilton Journal News (subscription)

  3. "I think everybody should deactivate their Facebook accounts tonight," Moore said and Ranaldo joked, "None of us have ever used a computer in our lives, man."
    on Jul 28, 2009 By: Thurston Moore Source: TwentyFourBit (blog)

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