declassify

[ dee-klas-uh-fahy ]
/ diˈklæs əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), de·clas·si·fied, de·clas·si·fy·ing.

to remove the classification from (information, a document, etc.) that restricts access in terms of secrecy, confidentiality, etc.Compare classification (def. 5).

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Origin of declassify

First recorded in 1860–65; de- + classify

OTHER WORDS FROM declassify

de·clas·si·fi·a·ble, adjectivede·clas·si·fi·ca·tion [dee-klas-uh-fi-key-shuhn], /diˌklæs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for declassify

declassify
/ (diːˈklæsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to release (a document or information) from the security list

Derived forms of declassify

declassifiable, adjectivedeclassification, noun
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