de-escalate [dē es′kə lāt′]
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, transitive verb de-escalated, de-escalating
to reverse the effect of escalation on (something); reduce or lessen in scope, magnitude, etc.
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or de·es·ca·late verb de-es·ca·lat·ed
or de·es·ca·lates verb, transitive
To decrease the size, scope, or intensity of (a war, for example). verb, intransitive
To decrease or diminish in size, scope, or intensity: The birth rate has begun to de-escalate.
- de-esˈca·la·torˌy adjective