verb (declassifies, declassifying, declassified)[with object]
- 1Officially declare (information or documents) to be no longer secret: government documents were declassifiedMore 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.
- 2Reassign to a lower classification: she called for vigorous research before any moves are made to declassify the drug in IrelandMore example sentences
- First of all, within two weeks I'll tell you whether I declassify the technology.
- The Police Foundation Report by the redoubtable Lady Runciman provided the intellectual credibility for declassifying cannabis.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service will decide next month whether to declassify the bald eagle as a threatened species.
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- 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.
More definitions of declassifyDefinition of declassify in:
- The US English dictionary