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 for inactivate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  inactivate \inactivate\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. inactivated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. inactivating.]
     to make inactive; as, boiling will inactivate most enzymes;
     acetylation of the antibiotic inactivated it.
     Syn: deactivate.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
     Note: To inactivate an enzyme or chemical usually renders it
           permanently inactive; to inactivate a machine (as by
           turning a switch) may be reversible, and for machines
           and devices, the term deactivate is usually used. The
           distinction is worth preserving.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: release from military service or remove from the active
           list of military service [syn: demobilize, inactivate,
           demobilise] [ant: call up, mobilise, mobilize,
      2: make inactive; "they deactivated the file" [syn:
         inactivate, deactivate] [ant: activate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  23 Moby Thesaurus words for "inactivate":
     bugger, cripple, de-energize, debilitate, disable, disenable,
     drain, enfeeble, hamstring, hors de combat, incapacitate, kibosh,
     lame, maim, put, queer, queer the works, sabotage, spike, unfit,
     weaken, wing, wreck

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