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Definition of defuse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//dɪˈfyuz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defuse
    he / she / it defuses
    past simple defused
    -ing form defusing
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  1. 1defuse something to stop a possibly dangerous or difficult situation from developing, especially by making people less angry or nervous Local police are trying to defuse racial tension in the community.
  2. 2defuse something to remove the fuse from a bomb so that it cannot explode Police closed the road while they defused the bomb.
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