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de-escalate

[dee-es-kuh-leyt] /diˈɛs kəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), de-escalated, de-escalating.
1.
to decrease in intensity, magnitude, etc.:
to de-escalate a war.
Also, deescalate.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; de- + escalate
Related forms
de-escalation, deescalation, noun
de-escalatory, deescalatory
[dee-es-kuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /diˈɛs kə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for de-escalate

de-escalate

/diːˈɛskəˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to reduce the level or intensity of (a crisis, etc)
Derived Forms
de-escalation, noun
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Word Origin and History for de-escalate
v.

also deescalate, 1964, from de- + escalate. Related: De-escalated; de-escalating; de-escalation.

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