Definition of declaw in English:

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declaw

Pronunciation: /dēˈklô/

verb

[with object]
1Remove the claws from.
Example sentences
  • A better vet later gently declawed this poor cat and her life was better for it.
  • Of course, declawed cats should be indoor-only pets and you should be very careful mixing them with cats that still have their claws.
  • I've always been horrified by the idea of declawing a cat (even a housecat), but if she doesn't take a shine to the kid, it could get nasty.
1.1Make harmless or less threatening: the Grimms' fairy tales were declawed beyond recognition
More example sentences
  • Just like this fluffy film, the original concept diluted by even more assistants, and entirely declawed of the dated, sarcastic meanness that made Garfield appealing decades time ago.
  • Until UC can get its brightest stars to get degrees and chase basketballs instead of money, the Bearcats will remain in their current declawed state.
  • By the time a financial crisis declawed the Asian tigers in 1997-98, the U.S. economy was in the middle of its technology boom.

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Syllabification: de·claw

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