demilitarize

verb
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 demilitarization (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 Located on the Western side of the Iron Curtain’s demilitarized border zone, the neighborhood was a rundown frontier precinct. Jonathan Rock Rokem, Quartz, "In Berlin, hyper-gentrification has proved just how fast conflict-torn cities can change," 9 Nov. 2019 Little progress has been made since, despite an aborted meeting with Kim in Hanoi and a substance-less summit in the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Bolton is out, but Trump’s pivot to diplomacy is shaky," 12 Sep. 2019 In 1976, two US Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked US and South Korean soldiers. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 18 Aug. 2019 Though Trump met with Kim at the Korean demilitarized zone in June, the North has failed to respond affirmatively to the administration's attempts to restart working-level talks. Author: David Nakamura, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump again appears to take North Korea’s side against his own military, allies," 10 Aug. 2019 During the campaign, and through the early months of his term, López Obrador’s promises to demilitarize Mexico brought hope to those exhausted by the widespread terror of the 2006 militarization of the government’s war on drug traffickers. Madeleine Wattenbarger, The New Republic, "Did the Mexican People Really Win?," 5 July 2019 The Rhineland was occupied and demilitarized, and German colonies were taken over by the new League of Nations. National Geographic, "How the Treaty of Versailles ended WWI and started WWII," 31 May 2019 The two leaders met again at the inter-Korean demilitarized zone last month and moved to get diplomacy back on track. Min Joo Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact," 16 July 2019 During the campaign, and through the early months of his term, López Obrador’s promises to demilitarize Mexico brought hope to those exhausted by the widespread terror of the 2006 militarization of the government’s war on drug traffickers. Madeleine Wattenbarger, The New Republic, "Did the Mexican People Really Win?," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of demilitarize

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Demilitarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demilitarize. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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demilitarize

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of demilitarize

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

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