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

Definition of demilitarize

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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 Russia has billed its war in Ukraine in large part as a campaign to demilitarize the country, justifying long-range strikes against military infrastructure as a way of destroying weapons stockpiles and supplies provided by Western allies. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 10 May 2022 The stated intention of the Kremlin was to demilitarize Ukraine. Phil Mccausland, NBC news, 9 May 2022 Piddubnyi said the claims made by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of the war — that Russia was not targeting civilians, and only aimed to demilitarize Ukraine — are not true. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 Putin demands that Ukraine adopt a neutral status, drop its bid to join NATO, agree to demilitarize, recognize Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea and acknowledge the independence of the rebel republics in the Donbas region., 24 Mar. 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin has also insisted that Ukraine demilitarize, declare neutrality and give up any bid to join NATO. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 The Kremlin accused the European Union of hostile behavior, saying weapons supplies to Ukraine were destabilizing and proved that Russia was right in its efforts to demilitarize its neighbor. Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2022 Putin is demanding Ukraine demilitarize, recognize Russian control over Crimea and renounce any efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 19 Mar. 2022 The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine renounce future attempts to join NATO, demilitarize and acknowledge Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014. Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of demilitarize

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 May 2022

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“Demilitarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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