de·​nu·​cle·​ar·​ize | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce denuclearize (audio) , nonstandard -kyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce denuclearize (audio) \
denuclearized; denuclearizing

Definition of denuclearize

transitive verb

: to remove nuclear arms from : prohibit the use of nuclear arms in

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Other Words from denuclearize

denuclearization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌn(y)ü-​klē-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce denuclearize (audio) , nonstandard  -​kyə-​lə-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of denuclearize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pentagon spokesman John Kirby dodging a question about what the U.S. military prepared to do if diplomacy fails to denuclearize North Korea. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Allies convene virtually as ISIS threat spreads beyond Syria and Iraq," 30 Mar. 2021 Such efforts could serve as a model for dialogues with other nuclear-armed nations, especially China, which could in turn yield a wider range of solutions to the vexing problem of how to denuclearize North Korea. The Editors, Scientific American, "Biden Must Take Immediate Action to Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War," 18 Feb. 2021 Trump's diplomatic talks with the North Korean leader were part of U.S. efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'Warm greetings': Kim Jong Un says he 'sincerely hopes' Trump recovers from coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020 Rather than helping to denuclearize North Korea, Beijing has been content to let the U.S. and Japan focus on that threat as a distraction from China’s own growing menace. John Bolton, WSJ, "China Needs to Answer for Its North Korea Policy," 29 Sep. 2020 The Trump approach required North Korea to denuclearize first and get the benefits later. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s North Korea gambit flounders," 18 June 2020 Chun led his country's delegation at the Six Party Talks, a multilateral effort to get North Korea to denuclearize, from 2006 to 2008. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Chaos in the Koreas sees Kim Jong Un's sister emerge stronger than ever," 18 June 2020 Kim Jong Un has promised to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Washington Post, "North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’," 6 Dec. 2019 To the extent that North Korea can be convinced to denuclearize, they must be reassured of their regime’s long-term security. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for Democracy," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of denuclearize

1958, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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