or de·es·ca·late

[ 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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Origin of de-escalate

First recorded in 1960–65; de- + escalate

OTHER WORDS FROM de-escalate

de-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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for de-escalate

/ (diːˈɛskəˌleɪt) /


to reduce the level or intensity of (a crisis, etc)

Derived forms of de-escalate

de-escalation, noun
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