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

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 Still, the looming potential missile test underscores the lack of progress on efforts to denuclearize North Korea, which has pursued an aggressive expansion of its weapons program since the 2019 collapse of diplomatic talks with the United States. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Germany powered down 3 of its 6 remaining nuclear power plants Saturday, making good on a government pledge to denuclearize after the 2011 meltdown of Japan's Fukushima reactor. Grayson Quay, The Week, 2 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Sep. 2020 The Trump approach required North Korea to denuclearize first and get the benefits later. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 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, 18 June 2020 See More

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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