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de-escalate

de-es·ca·late

de-escalate

 
pronunciation:
di es k leIt
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: de-escalated, de-escalates, de-escalating
definition: to lessen in intensity, size, or scope.
Both sides de-escalated their war preparations.
antonyms:
escalate
derivation: de-escalation (n.)