Definition of declassify in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈklasəˌfī/

verb (declassifies, declassifying, declassified)

[with object]
Officially declare (information or documents) to be no longer secret: government documents were declassified
More example sentences
  • The U.S. State Department has just declassified government documents from the mid 1960s.
  • It could be a while before the government declassifies information about its ‘secret ‘underground bases there.
  • The CIA refuses to declassify the documents involved.



Pronunciation: /ˌdēˌklasəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • But the breathtaking extent of his mendacity has only just become fully apparent, with the declassification of a secret State Department telegram.
  • The order amends the previous administration's less restrictive order, which required automatic declassification of most government documents after twenty-five years.
  • At the same time, the agency reported, the declassification of government records declined from 100 million pages in 2001 to just 28 million in 2004.

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Syllabification: de·clas·si·fy

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