[ dee-fyooz ]
/ diˈfyuz /
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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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OTHER WORDS FROM defusede·fus·er, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH defusedefuse , diffuse
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How to use defuse in a sentence
Several Republicans suggested that her speeches — inside the private GOP meeting and later on the floor — helped defuse the issue inside the party ranks.House ejects Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over extremist remarks|Mike DeBonis|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Metro Transit Police can intervene, although officers have been given masks to carry to defuse tense situations.Transportation agencies wrestle with new federal mask mandate|Luz Lazo, Lori Aratani, Justin George|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
I wanted a show that would glide through my neural pathways, defusing the daily mind bombs CNN’s “Situation Room” often set off.To detox from the news, I binge-watched ‘Dallas.’ It was more than just fun.|Sibbie O'Sullivan|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
I’ve shared these learnings with dozens of elected officials around the country, who have successfully applied them to defuse violent events.
One woman received $40,000 after saying an officer pulled her hair and punched her as she tried to defuse an argument between two others.These are the police misconduct lawsuits the public hears little about|Paul Schwartzman|December 25, 2020|Washington Post
As the movie reveals, an EOD soldier is not just an expert bomb-defuser.The Real-Life Hurt Locker|Bryan Curtis|February 2, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for defuse
sometimes US defuze
/ (diːˈfjuːz) /
to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, etc)
to remove the cause of tension from (a crisis, etc)
Avoid confusion with diffuse
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