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 declassify (audio) \ noun

Examples of declassify in a Sentence

The government has not yet declassified that information.
Recent Examples on the Web The Mexican Secret Service, whose 1960s-era files Mexico has recently begun to declassify, also tracked Oswald on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, 1963. Gonzalo Soltero, The Conversation, "JFK conspiracy theory is debunked in Mexico 57 years after Kennedy assassination," 19 Nov. 2020 The hires come as Mr. Trump and some of his aides have been pressing to declassify documents that would describe sources of information inside the Kremlin. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?," 11 Nov. 2020 The senator also called on Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to declassify information targeted by congressional subpoenas before the election. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Ron Johnson: 'Political' for John Durham not to release interim report before election," 27 Sep. 2020 Officials are reportedly debating how much information the administration should declassify to support President Trump's position not to act on the intelligence. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Afghan contractor was middle man in Russian bounties: Report," 1 July 2020 The former Texas Republican congressman may declassify more from the House Intelligence Committee’s 2018 report on Kremlin meddling. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "‘Red flags from the beginning’: Grenell says concerns about Trump-Russia investigation were concealed," 14 June 2020 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chief prosecutor at Trump’s impeachment trial, had asked him to declassify those files. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "John Ratcliffe sworn in as director of national intelligence, ending brief career as Texas congressman," 26 May 2020 As the acting director, Grenell has embarked on a campaign to declassify sensitive records that would benefit Trump politically and reorganize the intelligence director’s office, moves that prompted unease among some lawmakers of both parties. Nicholas Fandos,, "Senate approves John Ratcliffe for top intelligence job in sharply split vote," 21 May 2020 Documents recently declassified in Washington, D.C., have been a huge help, though some of what happened still remains shrouded in mystery. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Declassify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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