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defuse

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verb de·fuse \(ˌ)dē-ˈfyüz\

Simple Definition of defuse

  • : to make (something) less serious, difficult, or tense

  • : to remove the part of (an explosive) that makes it explode : to remove the fuse from (an explosive)

Full Definition of defuse

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove the fuse from (as a mine or bomb)

  3. 2 :  to make less harmful, potent, or tense <defuse the crisis>

Examples of defuse

  1. Skilled negotiators helped defuse the crisis.

  2. Her joke diffused the tension in the room.



1943

First Known Use of defuse

1943



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