de-escalate :

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  • v  diminish in size, scope, or intensity
    The war of words between them de-escalated with time
  • v  reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
    de-escalate a crisis

  • Deadlock failed to de-escalate cold war missile race.
  • If they don't want to de-escalate, they can remain on the border.
  • It is not a great environment to try to de-escalate mental health patients, as you might expect.
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  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - Daily Herald

  • Stephen Hadley in FOXNews
    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."
  • Dana Perino in The Casper Star Tribune
    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...
  • Terry Francona in USA Today
    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...

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