de·clas·si·fy | \(ˌ)dē-ˈkla-sə-ˌfī \

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 \ noun

Examples of declassify in a Sentence

The government has not yet declassified that information.

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The Clinton Administration did release many records, but Ms. Doyle said there are more that El Salvador could ask the United States to declassify. New York Times, "Survivors of Massacre Ask: ‘Why Did They Have to Kill Those Children?’," 26 May 2018 The senators on Friday asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to declassify information related to Haspel's role in the interrogation program. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Warner asks Haspel to fix 'unacceptable' public disclosure of her record," 7 May 2018 Don McGahn believed that if the president only allowed the memo to go out, rather than declassify it, that would set a dangerous precedent and curtail executive powers, according to a White House official. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump seized on what memo could mean even before reading it," 4 Feb. 2018 During the hearing, Democratic senators complained that the CIA refused to declassify more about her record in the clandestine service. Liz Goodwin,, "CIA pick Haspel says she won’t ‘judge’ whether waterboarding was wrong," 9 May 2018 Trump ultimately chose to declassify the sensitive contents of the memo — including details from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for Page. Time, "Republican-Led House Panel Clears Trump Campaign in Russia Investigation," 27 Apr. 2018 In the run-up to her May 9 confirmation hearing, lawmakers are pressing the CIA to declassify even more about Haspel, who currently is deputy CIA director. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Probe clears Haspel on destruction of waterboarding tapes," 20 Apr. 2018 Even after the program was declassified in 1968, the Navajo Code Talkers' role was not widely shared. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 Sun Streak was initially declassified back in 1995, and was the subject of the 2004 book and 2009 movie, The Men Who Stare At Goats. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A New Look Inside the CIA's Program to Train Psychic Spies," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of declassify

1945, in the meaning defined above

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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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