Definition of toxify in English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause or allow a toxic substance to enter (water, the air, etc.)

    ‘the process toxifies large amounts of water and requires large amounts of electricity’
    • ‘The painkillers slowly shut down their kidney function and they toxify their liver to the point where it just can't work any more.’
    • ‘Wind energy is really good stuff and it doesn't toxify the ground, lakes, and streams with mercury like coal does.’
    • ‘We persistently toxify the planet's mass.’
    • ‘I reprimanded him several times about the cigarette smoke he was using to toxify my bedroom.’
    • ‘Being toxified, you know, it affects the sweat.’
    • ‘We seem to be "not that different from flour worms" that toxify their living environment long before they run out of resources.’
    • ‘She wanted to be a healthy, nursing mom and not toxify her milk with her diet or lose weight too quickly.’
    • ‘This stench of long-dead whale, or whatever it was, had toxified everybody.’
    • ‘Any colour or flavour additive (natural or otherwise) could enhance, suppress or toxify the active ingredients, whether food grade or not.’
    • ‘Piperonyl Butoxide works by decreasing the body's ability to toxify other chemicals.’
    1. 1.1 Have a damaging effect on.
      ‘he claimed he was the victim of a deliberate attempt to toxify the Conservative Party’
      • ‘The media want to toxify the investigation so that it boomerangs on the GOP.’
      • ‘He has become both the local bank manager and pillar of the community, free of the snobberies and resentments that toxify the town.’
      • ‘The campaign has set out to toxify him as a greedy executive.’
      • ‘They have worked to toxify the very notion of disability benefit.’
      • ‘He has spoken for the first time of the "sustained attempt to toxify the Conservative Party" and the attack on his reputation.’
      • ‘She leaves it to others to utter the words 'pain' and 'divorce', as if those words might toxify the purity of her brand.’
      • ‘Open communication with a partner or therapist to understand and resolve these issues before they toxify your relationship.’
      • ‘He staged a fightback after the incident, alleging he was victim to attempts to "toxify" his career.’