verb (used with object), de·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing.

  1. to rid of poison or the effect of poison.
  2. to treat (a person addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of detoxification.

verb (used without object), de·tox·i·fied, de·tox·i·fy·ing.

  1. to undergo detoxification.

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

  1. to remove poison from; detoxicate
  2. to treat (a person) for alcoholism or drug addiction

1905; see de- + toxic + -fy. Earlier in the same sense was detoxicate (1867).


  1. To counteract or destroy the toxic properties of a substance.
  2. To remove the effects of poison from something, such as the blood.
  3. To treat a person for alcohol or drug dependence, usually under a medically supervised program designed to rid the body of intoxicating or addictive substances.

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