defuse

verb de·fuse \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfyüz \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of defuse

transitive verb
1 :to remove the fuse from (a mine, a bomb. etc.)
2 :to make less harmful, potent, or tense
  • defuse a crisis

Examples of defuse in a Sentence

  1. Skilled negotiators helped defuse the crisis.

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First Known Use of defuse

1943


DEFUSE Defined for English Language Learners

defuse

verb

Definition of defuse for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) less serious, difficult, or tense

  • : to remove the part of (an explosive) that makes it explode : to remove the fuse from (an explosive)



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