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 : to remove the fuse from (as a mine or bomb)
2 : to make less harmful, potent, or tense <defuse the crisis>
Examples of defuse in a sentence
Skilled negotiators helped defuse the crisis.
First Known Use of defuse
Rhymes with defuse
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