demilitarize

verb
de·​mil·​i·​ta·​rize | \(ˌ)dē-ˈmi-lə-tə-ˌrīz, di-\

Definition of demilitarize 

transitive verb

1a : to do away with the military organization or potential of

b : to prohibit (something, such as a zone or frontier area) from being used for military purposes

2 : to rid of military characteristics or uses

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Other Words from demilitarize

demilitarization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmi-​lə-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən , di-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for demilitarize

Synonyms

disarm

Antonyms

arm, militarize

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Examples of demilitarize in a Sentence

the two nations agreed to demilitarize themselves reciprocally

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The Striker has been demilitarized and stripped of all weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Buy This Missile-Shooting Tank Killer for $36,000," 26 June 2018 Germany was demilitarized in 1945 and only began rebuilding slowly when West Germany joined NATO a decade later. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "NATO ally Germany urged by U.S. to up its military spending," 26 Apr. 2018 In addition, teams of U.S. officials have arrived at the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore to prepare for the meeting. Washington Post, "White House: US ‘continues to actively prepare’ for summit," 31 May 2018 Post-Ferguson, Black Lives Matter demanded that politicians demilitarize the police, no longer providing them with surplus army gear and weapons. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Police Shootings Are Gun Violence, Too," 29 Mar. 2018 The group is demanding that lawmakers increase the age for people to purchase weapons, ban military-style weapons and demilitarize police forces. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Thousands of students walk out of school in nationwide gun violence protest," 14 Mar. 2018 The two Koreas, which are set to hold a summit meeting of their own in late April in the Panmunjom truce village on the inter-Korean demilitarized zone, have held two such prior meetings. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "A U.S.-North Korea Meeting Reflects Victory for Moon Jae-in," 9 Mar. 2018 Instituting body cameras, hiring special prosecutors, abandoning grand juries, and demilitarizing departments don't make up for the tolerance of officers who transfer departments because of misconduct and/or poor performance. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Why We Need a Database to Track Police Employment Records," 19 Dec. 2017 With that done, the United States could help Mexico develop a plan for demilitarizing its law-enforcement programs and drug-interdiction activities. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Americas First," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of demilitarize

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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demilitarize

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English Language Learners Definition of demilitarize

: to remove weapons and military forces from (an area)

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