de·​clas·​si·​fy | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkla-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce declassify (audio) \
declassified; declassifying; declassifies

Definition of declassify

transitive verb

: to remove or reduce the security classification of declassify a secret document

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declassification \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkla-​sə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce declassification (audio) \ noun

Examples of declassify in a Sentence

The government has not yet declassified that information.
Recent Examples on the Web The spy was named Oscar Seborer, and although he was originally uncovered by 1956 at the latest, those papers were only declassified late last year. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic Bomb," 27 Jan. 2020 The Oregon Democrat introduced a bill to declassify information on Saudi activity in the US that became law in December. Madeline Holcombe And Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "Declassified FBI bulletin says Saudi officials help their citizens flee US legal issues," 18 Jan. 2020 Top Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, are demanding Trump declassify the notification. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Schiff demands open hearings on Soleimani strike," 6 Jan. 2020 Following a clash over access with Democratic lawmakers, the complaint was declassified on Sept. 25, the same day the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call was released, and it was made available to the public the next day. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "'I was spared': Ex-spy chief Dan Coats says resignation unrelated to Trump-Zelensky call," 8 Jan. 2020 Those documents were declassified and released to the public on Thursday. Justin Sink,, "Trump’s Team Sought to Conceal Ukraine Call He Described as ‘Perfect’," 26 Sep. 2019 In a letter late Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, asked Pence to declassify supplemental testimony from aide Jennifer Williams over his Sept. 18 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Mike Pence's office says it doesn't know what Adam Schiff wants declassified in impeachment inquiry," 7 Dec. 2019 And the president appears to have declassified the dog's name: Conan. NBC News, "Hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid headed to White House," 31 Oct. 2019 In 1997, however, the CIA’s then-director, George Tenet, decided to declassify the operation. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Offbeat Genius of a Great American Spy," 26 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of declassify

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Declassify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of declassify

: to allow the public to see or learn about (something that has been a secret)

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