transitive verb Date: 1866 1. to deprive of the sense of personal identity <
schools that depersonalize students
2. to make impersonal <
depersonalizing medical care

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • depersonalize — (Amer.) de·per·son·al·ize || ‚diː pɜːsnÉ™laɪz v. make impersonal; deprive of personality, remove individual traits and identity (also depersonalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • depersonalize — [dē pʉr′sən əl īz΄] vt. depersonalized, depersonalizing 1. to deprive of individuality; treat in an impersonal way 2. to cause to lose one s sense of personal identity depersonalization n …   English World dictionary

  • depersonalize — [[t]di͟ːpɜ͟ː(r)sənəlaɪz[/t]] depersonalizes, depersonalizing, depersonalized (in BRIT, also use depersonalise) 1) VERB To depersonalize a system or a situation means to treat it as if it did not really involve people, or to treat it as if the… …   English dictionary

  • depersonalize — UK [diːˈpɜː(r)s(ə)nəlaɪz] / US [dɪˈpɜrsən(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms depersonalize : present tense I/you/we/they depersonalize he/she/it depersonalizes present participle depersonalizing past tense depersonalized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • depersonalize — /dee perr seuh nl uyz /, v.t., depersonalized, depersonalizing. 1. to make impersonal. 2. to deprive of personality or individuality: a mechanistic society that is depersonalizing its members. Also, esp. Brit., depersonalise. [1865 70; DE +… …   Universalium

  • depersonalize — verb a) To remove a sense of personal identity or individual character from something Hes depersonalizing right now, so hes very considering checking himself into the hospital. b) To present something as an impersonal object …   Wiktionary

  • depersonalize — de|per|son|al|ize [ di pɜrsənl,aız ] verb transitive 1. ) to do something in a way that does not involve people very much 2. ) to treat people in a way that makes them feel that their feelings and ideas are not important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • depersonalize — or depersonalise verb divest of human characteristics or individuality. Derivatives depersonalization noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • depersonalize — de·personalize …   English syllables

  • depersonalize — de•per•son•al•ize [[t]diˈpɜr sə nlˌaɪz[/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing 1) to make impersonal 2) to deprive of personality or individuality • Etymology: 1865–70 de•per son•a•li•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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