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demilitarize

[dee-mil-i-tuh-rahyz] /diˈmɪl ɪ təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), demilitarized, demilitarizing.
1.
to deprive of military character; free from militarism.
2.
to place under civil instead of military control.
3.
to forbid military use of (a border zone).
Also, especially British, demilitarise.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; de- + militarize
Related forms
demilitarization, noun
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  • The final phase of operations here will demilitarize the weapons containing mustard agent.
British Dictionary definitions for demilitarize

demilitarize

/diːˈmɪlɪtəˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove any military presence or function in (an area): demilitarized zone
2.
to free of military character, purpose, etc: 11 regiments were demilitarized
Derived Forms
demilitarization, demilitarisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demilitarize
v.

1883, in reference to the Austrian military frontier in the Balkans; see de- + military + -ize. Demilitarized zone attested by 1921 (the Versailles Treaty uses neutralized zone).

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