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
See Also: depersonalization, depersonalization disorder

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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 — 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

  • 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 — 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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