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or de·es·ca·late

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verb (used with or without object), de-es·ca·lat·ed, de-es·ca·lat·ing.
  1. to decrease in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to de-escalate a war.
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Origin of de-escalate

First recorded in 1960–65; de- + escalate
Related formsde-es·ca·la·tion, de·es·ca·la·tion, nounde-es·ca·la·to·ry, de·es·ca·la·to·ry [dee-es-kuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /diˈɛs kə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words for de-escalate

mitigate, dilute, erode, slacken, minimize, ease, shrink, impair, dwindle, decrease, abate, narrow, diminish, curtail, lighten, weaken, pare, cut, soften, lessen

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British Dictionary definitions for de-escalate


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


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

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