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de•fuse



Pronunciation: (dē-fyOOz'), [key]
v., -fused, -fus•ing.


v.t.
1. to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).
2. to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing: to defuse a potentially ugly situation.

v.i.
to grow less dangerous; weaken. Also,defuze.

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