Definition of "detoxify" [detoxify]

  • To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the effects of poison from. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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