[ dee-mil-i-tuh-rahyz ]
/ diˈmɪl ɪ təˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), de·mil·i·ta·rized, de·mil·i·ta·riz·ing.
to deprive of military character; free from militarism.
to place under civil instead of military control.
to forbid military use of (a border zone).
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Also especially British, de·mil·i·ta·rise .
Origin of demilitarize
First recorded in 1880–85; de- + militarize
OTHER WORDS FROM demilitarizede·mil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, noun
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How to use demilitarize in a sentence
Also, Lowande found no evidence that demilitarizing law enforcement agencies led to increases in crime.New Studies Say Demilitarizing Police Departments Does Not Increase Crime|Kirsten West Savali|December 11, 2020|Essence.com
Finding issues in previously released data, Lowande focused on data available after a 2015 order from the Obama Administration aimed at demilitarizing local police agencies.New Studies Say Demilitarizing Police Departments Does Not Increase Crime|Kirsten West Savali|December 11, 2020|Essence.com
Samantha Barnett, an outspoken activist in the movement to demilitarize Guam, told me Operation Christmas Drop not only erases Chamorro culture and history but also promotes the military contamination of our islands.The real love interest in Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop is the US military|Rachel Ramirez|November 23, 2020|Vox
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a leading voice on police demilitarization, was supportive of the White House announcement.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Second, the idea of any future peace arrangements including a Palestinian agreement to demilitarization just became more remote.Seven Takeaways From The Gaza Ceasefire|Daniel Levy|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for demilitarize
/ (diːˈmɪlɪtəˌraɪz) /
to remove any military presence or function in (an area)demilitarized zone
to free of military character, purpose, etc11 regiments were demilitarized
Derived forms of demilitarizedemilitarization or demilitarisation, noun
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