verb (used with object), de·fused, de·fus·ing.
verb (used without object), de·fused, de·fus·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM defusede·fus·er, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH defusedefuse , diffuse
Words nearby defuse
Example sentences from the Web for defuse
Every democratic country in the world faces the same challenge, but none can defuse it alone.How democracies can claim back power in the digital world|Amy Nordrum|September 29, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Intoxicated, he said, he got into an argument with several underage girls, so four or five police officers approached to defuse the situation.Those Ticketed for Seditious Language Say Their Only Crime Was Talking Back|Kate Nucci|September 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
China’s Ministry of Agriculture has sought to defuse anxiety by declaring “total confidence” in its ability to ensure grain supply, noting that the country produces more than 95 percent of the grains it needs.
But they still could have done more to defuse the calls for violence from their allies.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands|Jacob Siegel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Principle-based decision making could boost perceived integrity and defuse an overly personalized DC political climate.What Hockey Players Can Teach our Toothless Politicians|Dave Maney|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One possible way to defuse the financial incentives and advantages to doping is to legalize it.Maybe We Should Just Legalize Steroids for Pro Athletes|Robert Silverman|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Monday night the contours of a deal to defuse the ticking fiscal bomb emerged in the Senate.
Obama has failed to defuse Republican opposition or devise a long-term plan.What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown||October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So we had our people in Gdynia defuse the thing after it was put on board the ship, but otherwise leave it entirely alone.One-Shot|James Benjamin Blish
At one base I was waiting when they wheeled in a stretcher with the remains of an Englishman who had been trying to defuse a bomb.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson