defuse[dē fyo̵̅o̅z′, di-]
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transitive verb de·fused, de·fus·ing, de·fus·es
- To remove the fuse from (an explosive device).
- To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile: a diplomatic move that defused the international crisis.