Definition of de-escalate in English:


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Pronunciation: /diːˈɛskəleɪt


[with object]
  • Reduce the intensity of (a conflict or potentially violent situation): they had training in how to de-escalate a situation
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    • You've got to properly staff to do these things, but it's your tactics, your strategy that de-escalates the situation.
    • It is only a question of time before somebody is killed unless steps are taken to de-escalate the situation.
    • If they had been taught how to de-escalate situations, if this was standard police policy, there's no question that officers would respond more appropriately and lives would be saved.



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  • Perhaps what comes out of there may start a cycle of de-escalation.
  • Not a day passes without one group and association or the other unfurling its own plans of conflict de-escalation, peace and harmony.
  • He said the move was in response to last year's generally peaceful marching season, and was part of an ongoing de-escalation over the past three years.

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