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defuse

de·fuse

defuse

pronunciation:
dih fyuz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: defused, defuses, defusing
definition 1: to remove the fuse from (a bomb, mine, or other explosive device).
A special team was called in to defuse the bomb.
definition 2: to reduce the level of hostility, tension, danger, or the like in (a situation or the like).
Management's willingness to compromise defused the labor crisis.
antonyms:
intensify