Definition of demilitarize
1a : to do away with the military organization or potential ofb : to prohibit (something, such as a zone or frontier area) from being used for military purposes
2 : to rid of military characteristics or uses
demilitarizationplay \(ˌ)dē-ˌmi-lə-t(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən, di-\ noun
Examples of demilitarize in a Sentence
the two nations agreed to demilitarize themselves reciprocally
Recent Examples of demilitarize from the Web
The tours offer themes ranging from politics to biking along the DMZ demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to scuba diving.
Enlightened police departments, meanwhile, are working to demilitarize their approach to drugs.
It's considered safe from natural and nuclear disasters and free from political meddling as a result of a treaty that demilitarized the islands.
First, the war on drugs should be de-escalated and demilitarized.
Under its terms, the capital city of Juba would be demilitarized, Kiir’s troops would be confined to their barracks, and Machar would serve as Kiir’s Vice-President once again.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demilitarize'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of demilitarize
DEMILITARIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of demilitarize for English Language Learners
: to remove weapons and military forces from (an area)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up demilitarize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).