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detoxify (v.)

1905, "remove poisonous qualities from;" see de- + toxic + -fy. Earlier in the same sense was detoxicate (1867). Of persons, "treat to remove the effects of alcohol or drugs as a step to ending addiction," by 1970. Related: Detoxified; detoxifying.

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Definitions of detoxify

detoxify (v.)
remove poison from;
detoxify the soil
Synonyms: detoxicate
detoxify (v.)
treat for alcohol or drug dependence;
He was detoxified in the clinic
Synonyms: detox
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