de·​mil·​i·​ta·​rize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmi-lə-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce demilitarize (audio) , di- \
demilitarized; demilitarizing; demilitarizes

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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demilitarization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmi-​lə-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demilitarize (audio) , di-​ \ noun

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Examples of demilitarize in a Sentence

the two nations agreed to demilitarize themselves reciprocally
Recent Examples on the Web Among Detroit Will Breathe's demands: Defund and demilitarize the police; end the use of facial recognition software in crime-fighting, which the group says is inaccurate and racially biased; and making police officers accountable and accessible. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "What's next to fix policing in Michigan after the verdicts in George Floyd's murder trial?," 25 Apr. 2021 June 8: Democrats introduce policing reform bill Congressional Democrats introduce a sweeping police misconduct reform bill, called the Justice In Policing Act, that would look to demilitarize the police and address police brutality. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Timeline: The impact of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis and beyond," 21 Apr. 2021 Calls have come to defund and demilitarize police forces, particular as some use military-style gear to disperse demonstrations. James Whitlow,, "Purchase of $400,000 armored police vehicle for Harford sheriff’s office approved," 21 Dec. 2020 The work’s palpable anguish seems brutally current amid cries to demilitarize the police. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 The Greek government had no comment on Turkey’s demand to demilitarize the 12-square-kilometer (4.6-square-mile) island, which lies off the Turkish coast and is the most distant Greek outpost in the eastern Mediterranean. Selcan Hacaoglu,, "Turkey Wants Greece to Demilitarize Island at Heart of Rift," 31 Aug. 2020 His platform pushes to demilitarize police, end qualified immunity for officers and change the legal definitions for use of force. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "George Floyd's death looms large in Minneapolis DFL primary battles," 9 Aug. 2020 The American occupation of Japan, which set out to demilitarize the country and transform it into a democracy, began soon after. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," 5 Aug. 2020 Concerns surrounding the program have resurged amid nationwide calls to defund and demilitarize the police. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "At George Mason and U-Md., new presidents arrive amid national crises," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of demilitarize

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Apr 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of demilitarize

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

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