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tr.v. dis·in·tox·i·cat·ed, dis·in·tox·i·cat·ing, dis·in·tox·i·cates
To free from the effects of intoxication or from dependence on intoxicating agents.

dis′in·tox′i·ca′tion n.
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vb (tr)
to free from intoxication or drunkenness
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