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demilitarize Syllabification: de·mil·i·ta·rize
Pronunciation: /dēˈmilədəˌrīz/

Definition of demilitarize in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective demilitarized)
Remove all military forces from (an area): a demilitarized zone
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  • ‘We seek a region in which demilitarized zones and missile batteries no longer separate people with a common heritage, and a common future,’ he added.
  • In military terms the 16,000-square-mile demilitarised zone is a vital strategic area where the rebels have been able to recruit, train and resupply.
  • Selling demilitarized missiles however is acceptable, an spokesman said.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌdēˌmilədərəˈzāSHən/ /dəˌmilədərəˈzāSHən/ /ˈˌdēˌmilədəˌrīˈzāSHən/ /dəˌmilədəˌrīˈzāSHən/
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  • The looming prospect of war has given an upcoming conference on disarmament and demilitarisation a heightened sense of urgency.
  • He said the sensitive issues of disarmament and demilitarization in the battle zone would be discussed Tuesday as part of the issues related to the resettlement.
  • ‘It means working for universal demilitarisation and nuclear disarmament,’ he said.

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