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

Examples of denuclearize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 During the summit, the pair signed a vague joint statement in which the North agreed to denuclearize, but which left nearly all details undefined. Zeke Miller And Matthew Lee, Fox News, "Pompeo asked by Trump to delay visit to North Korea," 25 Aug. 2018 At that summit, Kim Jong Un promised to denuclearize North Korea. CBS News, "Transcript: Robert O'Brien on "Face the Nation," December 8, 2019," 8 Dec. 2019 But that promise was never fulfilled as subsequent talks between North Korea and the United States stalled over deep differences over how to denuclearize the North, damaging inter-Korean relations. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un Visits South Korea? The South Says It Could Happen," 24 Sep. 2019 Kim insisted that his country could denuclearize only in phases., "SEOUL — North Korea said Thursday that the United States had proposed resuming talks on denuclearization in December, but warned that Pyongyang was not interested unless Washington was ready to meet its terms. And a top envoy said he believed the proposal was merely “a trick to earn time.”," 15 Nov. 2019 The United States maintains North Korea should denuclearize unilaterally; North Korea rejects that idea. Washington Post, "Why U.S. foes around the world will welcome Bolton’s departure, and why they shouldn’t get too excited," 12 Sep. 2019 North Korea began its latest series of missile tests in late July as talks between the United States and North Korea stalled over how to denuclearize the North., "It was the eighth time North Korea has tested ballistic missiles or other projectiles since late July, and the first weapons test in 17 days.," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of denuclearize

1958, in the meaning defined above

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