Definition of demilitarize in English:

demilitarize

(also demilitarise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective demilitarized
  • Remove all military forces from (an area):

    ‘a demilitarized zone’
    • ‘That only islands or demilitarized posts remained in French hands was to the good, for it meant less risk of incidents with Britain, at least until France had put its affairs in order and rebuilt its navy.’
    • ‘No one in this world is going to invest time here unless they see the country demilitarise and demobilise.’
    • ‘Every society that at least partially demilitarized at some point, he argues, had strong monastic institutions, including Tibet, India and Japan.’
    • ‘In exchange, it wants the rebels to lay down their arms and demilitarize.’
    • ‘In military terms the 16,000-square-mile demilitarised zone is a vital strategic area where the rebels have been able to recruit, train and resupply.’
    • ‘Founded to settle long-standing territorial disputes and to demilitarize borders, the organization now stresses counterterrorism cooperation and regional trade.’
    • ‘One of the soldiers tells how they were given special surveillance and anti-surveillance training before being demilitarised by the army so they could return to Ireland as double agents.’
    • ‘But analysts and residents have complained this does not include disarming the tribal fighters and demilitarising the town.’
    • ‘‘We seek a region in which demilitarized zones and missile batteries no longer separate people with a common heritage, and a common future,’ he added.’
    • ‘Selling demilitarized missiles however is acceptable, an spokesman said.’
    • ‘French troops also occupied the Rhineland, to ensure that Germany remained demilitarized, as the treaty insisted.’
    • ‘The prisons systems would be emptied and the borders demilitarized and opened.’
    • ‘That May - after the Indian advance was halted by a massive avalanche that killed a large number of their troops - both sides agreed to demilitarize the summit.’
    • ‘On paper, the accords promised historic and far-reaching changes, particularly in demilitarizing and democratizing the country and recognizing new rights for the indigenous majority.’
    • ‘I think we should think of demilitarizing, demilitarizing the whole of the province.’
    • ‘Neither side has started to demilitarise - a process that was due to begin in February.’
    • ‘He added that there was ‘annoyance’ among the party grass-roots about the British ‘refusal’ to demilitarise.’
    relinquish, surrender, give up, yield, cede, turn over
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Pronunciation

demilitarize

/diːˈmɪlɪt(ə)rʌɪz/