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demilitarize

[dee-mil-i-tuh-rahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·mil·i·ta·rized, de·mil·i·ta·riz·ing.
  1. to deprive of military character; free from militarism.
  2. to place under civil instead of military control.
  3. 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
Related formsde·mil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, noun
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demilitarize

demilitarise

verb (tr)
  1. to remove any military presence or function in (an area)demilitarized zone
  2. to free of military character, purpose, etc11 regiments were demilitarized
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Derived Formsdemilitarization or demilitarisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demilitarize

v.

1883, in reference to the Austrian military frontier in the Balkans; see de- + military + -ize. Demilitarized zone attested by 1921 (the Versailles Treaty uses neutralized zone).

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