Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of.
  • transitive v. To remove the effects of poison from.
  • transitive v. To treat (an individual) for alcohol or drug dependence, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of intoxicating or addictive substances.

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  • v. To remove foreign and harmful substances from something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to remove poison from; to rid of the effects of poison.
  • transitive v. to render (a poisonous substance) non-toxic or harmless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove poison from
  • v. treat for alcohol or drug dependence

Etymologies

de- + toxi(c) + -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A 2007 University of Texas study review concluded that not only does melatonin detoxify harmful, cancer-causing free radicals, but in doing so it actually creates more antioxidants.

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  • From the first moment of his election as party leader in December 2005, David Cameron's driving force was to "detoxify" the Conservative brand.

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  • Muhammad took over Lee's life in every way, feeding him with as many as 70 pills a day, food supplements of various kinds, including something called Great Plains Bentonite Detox, which uses an active ingredient of cat litter to "detoxify" one's bowels.

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  • Cameron's first task as leader was to "detoxify" the Conservative brand.

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  • It's part of the Conservatives 'effort to' 'detoxify' 'the party, to purge the traces of

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  • Opponents dismiss the idea as spin designed to hide a traditional right-wing agenda of spending cuts, "detoxify" the center-right Conservatives 'image and help keep them in power.

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  • In forming the coalition, he saved his leadership, temporarily, and, it is claimed, seized the opportunity to begin to 'detoxify' his party from the unreconstructed Thatcherite right.

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  • In contrast, two out of three (66 per cent) understood what the Tories represented after David Cameron's drive to "detoxify" his party's brand.

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  • One researcher, who investigated a well-known face wash which claimed to 'detoxify' the skin by removing toxins, said the 'toxins' turned out to be the usual dirt, make-up and skin oils that any cleanser would be expected to remove.

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  • The row was seen as damaging to the Conservatives 'attempts to "detoxify" their public image on health; but Mr Cameron is said to be "confident" that he can prove his commitment to the NHS in the run up to the general election.

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