de-escalate
verb Date: 1964 transitive verb limit 2b intransitive verb to decrease in extent, volume, or scope • de-escalation nounde-escalatory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • de-escalate — also deescalate, 1964, from DE (Cf. de ) + ESCALATE (Cf. escalate). Related: De escalated; de escalating; de escalation …   Etymology dictionary

  • de-escalate — de escalation, deescalation, n. de escalatory, deescalatory /dee es keuh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /dee es keuh layt /, v.t., v.i., de escalated, de escalating. to decrease in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to de escalate a war. Also, deescalate …   Universalium

  • de-escalate — v. t. to reduce in intensity (a crisis or a war). [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • de-escalate — ☆ de escalate [dē es′kə lāt΄ ] vi., vt. de escalated, de escalating to reverse the effect of escalation on (something); reduce or lessen in scope, magnitude, etc. de escalation n …   English World dictionary

  • de-escalate — de es•ca•late or de•es•ca•late [[t]diˈɛs kəˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. v. i. lat•ed, lat•ing to decrease in intensity, magnitude, amount, or the like • Etymology: 1960–65 de es ca•la′tion, n. de es′ca•la•to ry ləˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i adj …   From formal English to slang

  • de-escalate — /di ˈɛskəleɪt/ (say dee eskuhlayt) verb (t) (de escalated, de escalating) to reduce one s commitment to or involvement in (a war, campaign, program, etc.). –de escalation /di ɛskəˈleɪʃən/ (say dee eskuh layshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • de-escalate — verb reduce the intensity of (a conflict or crisis). Derivatives de escalation noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • de-escalate — v.tr. reduce the level or intensity of. Derivatives: de escalation n …   Useful english dictionary

  • de-es|ca|late — «dee EHS kuh layt», transitive verb, intransitive verb, lat|ed, lat|ing. to reduce in scale or size: »The debate followed the adoption of a resolution charging the Administration with failing to de escalate the war (New York Times). Those who… …   Useful english dictionary

  • de- — is a highly active prefix in current English, forming verbs and their derivatives. Notable 20c examples (with date of first record indicated) include: debrief (1942), decaffeinate (1927), decertify (1918), decommunize (1980), de emphasize (1938) …   Modern English usage

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