Definition of desex in English:

desex

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Deprive (someone) of sexual qualities or attraction.

    ‘they turned into folksy elder statesmen, sagacious but desexed’
    • ‘Pioneering women do traditionally desex themselves by resembling honorary men.’
    • ‘We wander through the ordinary course of days as persons, desexed, androgynous, and it is in the sexual act in which we receive reassurance that we are not persons, after all, but men and women.’
    • ‘The arguments used to justify women's equality in the marketplace left feminists open to the charge that female emancipation would desex women.’
    • ‘Straightening up history's heroes, desexing literature's love stories, Hollywood is making gay movies-without the ‘gay’’
    • ‘However, this misconception serves to desex women by denying them their right to freedom of sexual expression.’
  • 2Castrate or spay (an animal)

    ‘about 80 per cent of cats are desexed’
    • ‘Samantha has been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, health checked and temperament tested.’
    • ‘But I had to desex mine, worm him, and I pay for his vet bills.’
    • ‘Clearly, companion animal owners need to be educated and supported by the community to ensure that facilities and services encourage them to own their pets in a responsible manner, especially when it comes to desexing.’
    • ‘I returned two days later, after the desexing operation, and brought home my shy, quiet cat.’
    • ‘Puppies must have very large feet and not be housebroken, and no pet should be desexed.’
    • ‘In nine months, we desexed 137 dogs, so I think it was 57 bitches and about 80 male dogs.’
    • ‘He is a desexed, healthy, attractive cat, but definitely scared of people he doesn't know.’
    • ‘There is also a small domestic market of similarly desexed animals.’
    • ‘In an effort to calm Aubie down, we had him desexed.’
    • ‘But there's three females here and one desexed male.’
    • ‘All the cats are desexed, vaccinated and wormed, and they make a great companion for a family or for someone living alone.’
    • ‘Isn't it funny how there's this huge encouragement for people to have pets, but there's an even bigger encouragement for them to be desexed.’
    • ‘I think that the other cat is not desexed so he is still feisty and looking for fights.’
    • ‘He's a desexed male border collie x german shepherd.’
    • ‘Being a responsible pet owner is not a hard thing to do - desex your pets (both male and female).’
    • ‘Maggie is $165 which includes desexing, microchipping, first vaccination, heartworm, flea and worm treatment.’
    • ‘For $150 the dog is yours, desexed, vaccinated and implanted with a small chip to help find it should the dog wander off again.’
    • ‘Please, it is our turn to repay these animals, desex your pet and save lives.’
    castrate, neuter, geld, cut, emasculate
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Pronunciation

desex

/diːˈsɛks/