defuse

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Etymology 1[edit]

de- +‎ fuse

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defuse (third-person singular simple present defuses, present participle defusing, simple past and past participle defused)

  1. (transitive) To remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc.).
  2. (transitive) To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.
    to defuse a hostage situation
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The words defuse and diffuse are sometimes confused.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare diffuse.

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defuse (third-person singular simple present defuses, present participle defusing, simple past and past participle defused)

  1. (obsolete) To disorder; to make shapeless.