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

     

    disinfect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disinfect
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekt//
     
    he / she / it disinfects
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfekts//
     
    past simple disinfected
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪd//
     
    past participle disinfected
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪd//
     
    -ing form disinfecting
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈfektɪŋ//
     
    Computer problems
     
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  1. 1disinfect something to clean something using a substance that kills bacteria to disinfect a surface/room/wound
  2. 2 disinfect something to run a computer program to get rid of a computer virus See related entries: Computer problems
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘rid of infection’): from French désinfecter, from dés- (expressing reversal) + infecter ‘to infect’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: disinfect