Definition of desex in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Castrate or spay (an animal)

    ‘the Royal Humane Society offered to desex the 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.’
    • ‘All the cats are desexed, vaccinated and wormed, and they make a great companion for a family or for someone living alone.’
    • ‘But I had to desex mine, worm him, and I pay for his vet bills.’
    • ‘There is also a small domestic market of similarly desexed animals.’
    • ‘But there's three females here and one desexed male.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Please, it is our turn to repay these animals, desex your pet and save lives.’
    • ‘For $150 the dog is yours, desexed, vaccinated and implanted with a small chip to help find it should the dog wander off again.’
    • ‘Maggie is $165 which includes desexing, microchipping, first vaccination, heartworm, flea and worm treatment.’
    • ‘I think that the other cat is not desexed so he is still feisty and looking for fights.’
    • ‘In an effort to calm Aubie down, we had him desexed.’
    • ‘Being a responsible pet owner is not a hard thing to do - desex your pets (both male and female).’
    • ‘Samantha has been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, health checked and temperament tested.’
    • ‘He's a desexed male border collie x german shepherd.’
    • ‘I returned two days later, after the desexing operation, and brought home my shy, quiet cat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a desexed, healthy, attractive cat, but definitely scared of people he doesn't know.’
    castrate, neuter, geld, cut, emasculate
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Pronunciation

desex

/dēˈseks/