de-escalate de-escalate


  1. (v) diminish in size, scope, or intensity
  2. (v) reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of



  1. Deadlock failed to de-escalate cold war missile race.
  2. If they don't want to de-escalate, they can remain on the border.
  3. It is not a great environment to try to de-escalate mental health patients, as you might expect.


  • Schaumburg police create Crisis Intervention Team

    Schaumburg police are organizing their own Crisis Intervention Team of officers specially trained to use language to de-escalate confrontations with people with particular challenges such as autism, mental illness, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse. "It doesn't mean they're committing a crime; it just means they're having a crisis moment," Patrol Commander Vince Liberio explained.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Daily Herald


  1. Hadley said, "I think President Putin wanted to de-escalate the tensions a little bit on this issue, and I think it was a useful thing that he did."
    on Jun 6, 2007 By: Stephen Hadley Source: FOXNews

  2. "I want to reiterate on his behalf that the United States supports Georgia's territorial integrity. We urge all parties _ Georgians, South Ossetians and Russians _ to de-escalate the tension and avoid conflict," White House press secretary Dana...
    on Aug 8, 2008 By: Dana Perino Source: The Casper Star Tribune

  3. "I don't think we escalated anything. I don't know. I've got my hands full trying to de-escalate," Francona said. "We're in the middle of a pennant race here. We've got more important things to worry about. You can ask them. It wasn't the...
    on Sep 7, 2007 By: Terry Francona Source: USA Today

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