de-es·​ca·​late | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈe-skə-ˌlāt How to pronounce de-escalate (audio) , nonstandard -ˈe-skyə-\
de-escalated; de-escalating; de-escalates

Definition of de-escalate

transitive verb

: limit sense 2b de-escalate production

intransitive verb

: to decrease in extent, volume, or scope violence began to de-escalate tried to de-escalate the tension

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de-escalation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌe-​skə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce de-escalation (audio) , nonstandard  -​ˌe-​skyə-​ \ noun
de-escalatory \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈe-​skə-​lə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce de-escalatory (audio) , nonstandard  -​ˈe-​skyə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of de-escalate

1964, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of de-escalate was in 1964

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a strong desire or propensity

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