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Definition of defuse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    defuse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defuse
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːz//
     
    he / she / it defuses
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzɪz//
     
    past simple defused
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzd//
     
    past participle defused
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzd//
     
    -ing form defusing
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfjuːzɪŋ//
     
     
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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. These latest measures should help to defuse the situation.
  2. 2defuse something to remove the fuse from a bomb so that it cannot explode Police closed the road while they defused the bomb.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: defuse