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Inactivate vs. Deactivate

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  • Inactivate (verb)

    To make inactive.

  • Deactivate (verb)

    to make something inactive or no longer effective

  • Deactivate (verb)

    to prevent the action of a biochemical agent (such as an enzyme)

  • Deactivate (verb)

    to remove a person or piece of hardware from active military service

Wiktionary
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  • Inactivate (verb)

    make inactive or inoperative

    "household bleach does not inactivate the virus"

  • Deactivate (verb)

    make (something) inactive by disconnecting or destroying it

    "the switch deactivates the alarm"

  • Deactivate (verb)

    remove from active duty.

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Inactivate

    to make inactive; as, boiling will inactivate most enzymes; acetylation of the antibiotic inactivated it.

  • Deactivate

    To make inactive; to render ineffective; as, to deactivate a bomb; to deactivate a machine; to deactivate the alarm.

  • Deactivate

    To disband (a military unit, or other group); to discontinue (a group activity); as, to deactivate the regiment; to deactivate the investigation.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Inactivate (verb)

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

  • Inactivate (verb)

    make inactive;

    "they deactivated the file"

  • Deactivate (verb)

    remove from active military status or reassign;

    "The men were deactivated after five years of service"

  • Deactivate (verb)

    make inactive;

    "they deactivated the file"

Princeton's WordNet

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