defuse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"defuse" in British English

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defuseverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌdiːˈfjuːz/

defuse verb [T] (BOMB)

to ​prevent a ​bomb from ​exploding: Bomb ​disposalexperts have defused a 110-pound ​bomb at a ​subwaystation this ​afternoon.

defuse verb [T] (DIFFICULT SITUATION)

to make a ​difficult or ​dangeroussituationcalmer by ​reducing or ​removingitscause: The two ​groups will ​meet next ​week to ​try to defuse the ​crisis/​situation/​tension.
(Definition of defuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defuse" in American English

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defuseverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈfjuz/
to make a ​difficult or ​dangeroussituationcalmer: The two ​groups are ​trying to defuse tensions in the ​towncouncil over the ​budget. If you defuse a ​bomb, you ​prevent it from ​exploding.
(Definition of defuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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