Definition of detoxify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    detoxify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they detoxify
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it detoxifies
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple detoxified
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle detoxified
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form detoxifying
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈtɒksɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈtɑːksɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    Addiction
     
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  1. 1detoxify something to remove harmful substances or poisons from something
  2. 2detoxify somebody to treat somebody in order to help them stop drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs See related entries: Addiction
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: from de- (expressing removal) + Latin toxicum ‘poison’ + -fy.
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