[ dee-noo-klee-uh-rahyz, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh- ]
/ diˈnu kli əˌraɪz, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lə- /

verb (used with object), de·nu·cle·ar·ized, de·nu·cle·ar·iz·ing.

to remove nuclear weapons from (a country, region, etc.).
to prohibit the deployment or construction of nuclear weapons in (a country, region, etc.).
Also especially British, de·nu·cle·ar·ise.

Origin of denuclearize

First recorded in 1955–60; de- + nuclear + -ize

Related forms

de·nu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun

Pronunciation note

See nuclear. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for denuclearize



/ (dɪˈnjuːklɪəˌraɪz) /


(tr) to deprive (a country, state, etc) of nuclear weapons

Derived Forms

denuclearization or denuclearisation, noun
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