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demilitarize

[ 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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disband, deactivate, soothe, lessen, alleviate, demobilize, subdue, neutralize, occupy, retire, diminish, cripple, soften, disable, restrain, mollify, pacify, pad, moderate, weaken

Nearby words

demicanton, demigauntlet bandage, demigod, demigoddess, demijohn, demilitarize, demilitarized zone, demilune, demimetope, demimondaine, demimonde
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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Examples from the Web for demilitarize

  • More recently, Israeli officials have said they also seek to demilitarize Hamas.

    Israel Tells Hamas: You Can Keep Your Rockets|Eli Lake, Josh Rogin|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for demilitarize

demilitarize

demilitarise

/ (diːˈmɪlɪtəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

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

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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