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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inactivate mean? 

  The verb INACTIVATE has 2 senses:

1. release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
2. make inactive

  Familiarity information: INACTIVATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1inactivate [BACK TO TOP]


Release from military service or remove from the active list of military service

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities


demobilise; demobilize; inactivate

Hypernyms (to "inactivate" is one way to...):

discharge; muster out (release from military service)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 2inactivate [BACK TO TOP]


Make inactive

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


deactivate; inactivate

Context example:

they deactivated the file

Hypernyms (to "inactivate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inactivate"):

paralyse; paralyze (make powerless and unable to function)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


activate (make active or more active)

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