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

transitive verb

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

Examples of declassify in a Sentence

The government has not yet declassified that information.
Recent Examples on the Web As President of the United States, President Trump also had absolute and unreviewable authority to declassify documents and information ... Pierre Thomas, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2024 After the war, information on the Ghost Army was kept secret for more than 50 years until it was declassified in 1996. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 However, several prominent Senators are calling for the government to declassify information shared at a recent intelligence briefing about the influence and reach of TikTok. Thomas Germain / Gizmodo, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 Congress has mandated a second report by the Pentagon and passed a measure last year ordering the National Archives to declassify more records. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 That led to the White House declassifying intelligence that Russia's pursuing an anti-satellite capability, serious concern. CBS News, 3 Mar. 2024 The group decided to declassify evidence that Russian troops were massing near Ukraine’s borders. TIME, 29 Feb. 2024 But ultimately, the broad authority to declassify secrets rests with the President. TIME, 29 Feb. 2024 Turner, in his initial statement, called on the Biden administration to declassify all information about the threat. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of declassify was in 1945

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“Declassify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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