Definition of detox in English:



  • A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

    ‘he ended up in detox for three months’
    [as modifier] ‘a detox program’
    • ‘Actually playing this game could lead to an intervention and a week in detox.’
    • ‘Three or four detox treatments per year - planned with medical guidance - are enough to clean out most anyone's system.’
    • ‘I feel that I am not really in the spirit of this self-imposed detox fitness program.’
    • ‘Acupuncture works best if the person is in detox.’
    • ‘I was immediately whisked away then taken to Gladstone Psychiatric Hospital, where I was supposed to spend the next few days in detox.’
    • ‘Pollution stretches the limits of our internal detox systems, so detoxing becomes a much higher priority.’
    • ‘European spas have long offered medically supervised detox programs.’
    • ‘We can keep her in detox for ten days or so without her permission.’
    • ‘Even my sister Sam's husband was suckered in, and he spent six months in detox.’
    • ‘They started by studying men and women at all levels of drinking from abstention to those in detox for full-blown alcohol problems.’
    • ‘Yours is never mentioned among the recognized detox programs.’
    • ‘This treatment assists in detox and stress relief and is particularly beneficial for anyone trying to give us smoking.’
    • ‘Waiting lists for methadone programmes, rehab and detox services are phenomenally long.’
    • ‘Even the most successful detox programmes in the world have a success rate of just 25 per cent when it comes to heroin.’
    • ‘It helps the homeless through five homeless hostels, which provide accommodation, resettlement, rehabilitation and detox programmes.’
    • ‘Such services as Indian head massages, detox aromatic massages, reflexology and Reiki are on offer.’
    • ‘His recovery programme goes on to embrace detox, rehab and Buddhist meditation retreats.’
    • ‘She says that when one of her familiar charges disappear, she calls around looking for them at detox clinics, hospitals or police stations.’
    • ‘Treatment history was operationalized as the total number of previous alcohol or drug treatment episodes, excluding detox.’
    • ‘She gives birth, he's vomiting in detox in a nearby hospital room.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.

    ‘he checked into a hospital to detox’
    [with object] ‘both my mind and my body were detoxed’
    • ‘The book zig - zags between two crisis points: his attempts to detox in the early 1980s and his battle with cancer in the late 1990s.’
    • ‘It's the way I've done it with every substance - legal or not - that I needed to detox myself from.’
    • ‘While in hospital they tried to detox her of alcohol but to no avail.’
    • ‘Many of these addicts, released from the programs but not fully detoxed, stayed on.’
    • ‘She asked if she could detox by sleeping in the church and we agreed.’
    • ‘So, I was gonna go into treatment, but I resisted it and I managed to detox at home.’
    • ‘Once they've detoxed we can only hope they will have the strength and wisdom to stay off dope for good.’
    • ‘This provides a range of phytochemicals that help you detox, plus the variety prevents you from getting too much of any one pesticide.’
    • ‘This is a state of the art unit where you can relax and detox your body, especially all those people who are involved in sports.’
    • ‘If you're a social drinker and just want to detox from alcohol, Hyman suggests taking a booze break.’
    • ‘With two children under five, a house to run, relentless work and considerable distances to travel to get anywhere, the only place for me to detox, destress and cleanse my system is in my dreams.’
    • ‘My lust for life and overindulgence meant that I pooh-poohed the idea of taking seven days to detox - as a Londoner, I could do it in a single day.’
    • ‘A diet of salad, soups, fish and pasta, with plenty of spring water, juices and herbal teas will leave them detoxed from the inside out.’
    • ‘It would take nine months to detox the land, he said.’
    • ‘If you've been feeling like this lately it's time to detox!’
    • ‘Whether you are detoxing your body, your home or an area you live in, research it first.’
    • ‘Twisting is [also] wonderful for detoxing the internal organs, such as the liver and intestines.’
    • ‘The mother was very invested in her daughter's change efforts and subsequently flew in from out of state to live with her while she detoxed.’
    • ‘He didn't know I'd detoxed myself already and I wanted to make his disappointment at that discovery all the more palpable.’
    • ‘This weekend I'm planning to detox a bit tomorrow and generally get my head in order - maybe teach myself some more Illustrator to stop myself going nuts with thinking about the web.’