verb (used with object)
to remove the fangs of: to defang a snake.
to cause to become less powerful or threatening; render harmless.

1950–55; de- + fang Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
Snake charmers defang their animals to avoid lethal bites while still giving the impression they are handling deadly snakes.
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