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3 definitions found
 for deactivate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  deactivate \de*ac"ti*vate\, v. t.
     1. To make inactive; to render ineffective; as, to deactivate
        a bomb; to deactivate a machine; to deactivate the alarm.
  
     Note: The deactivation of a machine or device is usually a
           reversible process; switching off an electrical device
           may be referred to as deactivation. To render an enzyme
           or catalyst ineffective is more commonly referred to as
           to inactivate.
           [PJC]
  
     2. To disband (a military unit, or other group); to
        discontinue (a group activity); as, to deactivate the
        regiment; to deactivate the investigation.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deactivate
      v 1: remove from active military status or reassign; "The men
           were deactivated after five years of service"
      2: make inactive; "they deactivated the file" [syn:
         inactivate, deactivate] [ant: activate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "deactivate":
     break up, debrief, decommission, demilitarize, demob, demobilize,
     detach, disarm, disband, discharge, disintegrate, dismiss,
     disorganize, disperse, dissolve, go separate ways, let go,
     muster out, part, part company, reconvert, release, scatter,
     separate, sheathe the sword, split up
  
  

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