Definition of de-escalate in English:



  • Reduce the intensity of (a conflict or potentially violent situation)

    • ‘The first-aider in that situation can help to perhaps calm down the situation, to remove people from the situation, to get rid of different stimuli, to learn body stance, what to say, what not to say, to try and de-escalate the situation.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is arguably in the national interest to de-escalate tensions.’
    • ‘Young men who are used to employing overwhelming power are suddenly asked to de-escalate violence.’
    • ‘You've got to properly staff to do these things, but it's your tactics, your strategy that de-escalates the situation.’
    • ‘The question arises whether we are seriously interested in de-escalating this matter.’
    • ‘This couple, which is typical of our long-term couples, are real pros at being married and at using positive affect - like humor and gentle teasing - to de-escalate conflict.’
    • ‘All of the adults in the school contribute to a positive school culture by modeling positive communication, engaging in mutually respectful interactions and having the ability to de-escalate conflict.’
    • ‘So you build in, very early on, into the process - because what you want is to de-escalate this thing, you want to resolve it.’
    • ‘The main coalition of protesters has been endeavoring, at least most of the time, to de-escalate the mounting tension.’
    • ‘The promise was made on November 8th in order to de-escalate the stand-off with police who were preparing to attack those inside the building as well as their supporters on the street.’
    • ‘By the end of the week, both sides said they were trying to de-escalate the dispute.’
    • ‘It is only a question of time before somebody is killed unless steps are taken to de-escalate the situation.’
    • ‘Our military learned how to deploy quickly to hot spots, de-escalate a situation, build order from chaos, work with NGOs, and do the muscle work of diplomacy.’
    • ‘Negotiation, mediation and exchanged messages about respective intentions through secret channels were used to minimise, reduce or de-escalate violence on many occasions from November 1968 onwards.’
    • ‘If they had been taught how to de-escalate situations, if this was standard police policy, there's no question that officers would respond more appropriately and lives would be saved.’
    • ‘‘I suggest setting up a corps of specially trained European riot police that can work at an international level to de-escalate problems and, where needed, effectively quell violence,’ he said.’
    • ‘The most effective way is to do things to de-escalate tensions between the two sides,’ said a senior US official on Tuesday.’
    • ‘It would be a perfect way for the present Administration to de-escalate the violence and eventually move the region towards peace.’
    • ‘The aim is to de-escalate conflict and show we can be peacekeepers, but there comes a time if people are throwing bricks at you then you must put the helmets back on.’
    • ‘They learn how neutral language can de-escalate potentially volatile situations.’
    diminish, lessen, grow less, decrease, dwindle, fade, abate, subside, ebb, wane, fall off, taper off, peter out, shrink
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