defuse

or de·fuze

[ dee-fyooz ]
/ diˈfyuz /

verb (used with object), de·fused, de·fus·ing.

to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).
to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing: to defuse a potentially ugly situation.

verb (used without object), de·fused, de·fus·ing.

to grow less dangerous; weaken.

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Origin of defuse

First recorded in 1940–45; de- + fuse1

OTHER WORDS FROM defuse

de·fus·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH defuse

defuse , diffuse

Words nearby defuse

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British Dictionary definitions for defuse

defuse

sometimes US defuze

/ (diːˈfjuːz) /

verb (tr)

to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, etc)
to remove the cause of tension from (a crisis, etc)

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Avoid confusion with diffuse
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