defuse
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /diːˈfjuːz/
Verb

defuse (defuses, present participle defusing; past and past participle defused)

  1. (transitive) To remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc.).
  2. (transitive) To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.
    to defuse a hostage situation
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  • IPA: /dɪˈfjuːz/
Verb

defuse (defuses, present participle defusing; past and past participle defused)

  1. (obsolete) To disorder; to make shapeless.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Lear, I. iv. 2:
      If but as well I other accents borrow / That can my speech defuse,



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