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

Other Words from declassify

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

Examples of declassify in a Sentence

The government has not yet declassified that information.
Recent Examples on the Web The effort also coincides with recent successes by the Biden administration to rapidly declassify sensitive information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the lead-up to and during the war. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 9 June 2022 As for government materials, Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.,are supporting efforts to declassify more CIA documents. Saqib Rahim, NBC News, 16 May 2022 Acknowledging those suspicions, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, promised in 2017 to declassify all French documents related to the Sankara case. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 In some cases, White House officials have pushed to declassify pieces of intelligence, in order to expose Russian plots and complicate Putin’s apparent invasion plans. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Before Russia invaded, Biden signed off on a decision to declassify intelligence and share it widely, both with allies and the public. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 The shift represents an effort to declassify them as employees entitled to minimum wages and other rights under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Kenyon Student Worker Organizing Committee, or KSWOC. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 14 Apr. 2022 His testimony capped years of litigation to uncover and declassify information in an effort to offer a public reckoning about what happened to him. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 During Horne's tenure, the White House decided to declassify and disseminate U.S. intelligence about Russia's plans to invade Ukraine. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of declassify

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Declassify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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