denuclearize

[ 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.).

Nearby words

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  2. denture foundation,
  3. dentures,
  4. denturism,
  5. denturist,
  6. denucleated,
  7. denudate,
  8. denudation,
  9. denude,
  10. denumerable

Also especially British, de·nu·cle·ar·ise.

Origin of denuclearize

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

Related formsde·nu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun

Pronunciation note

See nuclear.

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British Dictionary definitions for denuclearize

denuclearize

denuclearise

/ (dɪˈnjuːklɪəˌraɪz) /

verb

(tr) to deprive (a country, state, etc) of nuclear weapons
Derived Formsdenuclearization or denuclearisation, noun

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