[ dee-es-kuh-leyt ]
/ diˈɛs kəˌleɪt /
verb (used with or without object), de-es·ca·lat·ed, de-es·ca·lat·ing.
to decrease in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to de-escalate a war.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for de-escalate
/ (diːˈɛskəˌleɪt) /
to reduce the level or intensity of (a crisis, etc)
Derived Formsde-escalation, noun
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