defuse

defuse(
dih
-
fyuz
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to deactivate)
a. desactivar
They were able to defuse the bomb in time and prevent a tragedy.Lograron desactivar la bomba a tiempo y evitar una tragedia.
2. (to make less tense)
a. distender
Jarred told a joke to try to defuse the tension in the room.Jarred contó un chiste para tratar de distender la tensión en la habitación.
b. calmar
The press secretary tried to defuse the crisis, but his comments only made things worse.El secretario de prensa trató de calmar la crisis, pero sus comentarios sólo empeoraron las cosas.
c. apaciguar
The president sent an emissary to try to defuse the situation in the northern province.El presidente envió un emisario para tratar de apaciguar la situación en la provincia del norte.
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defuse
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (bomb)
a. desactivar
2. (fig)
a. calmar, apaciguar (situation)
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defuse [diːˈfjuːz]
transitive verb
[+bomb] desactivar; [+tension] calmar; apaciguar; [+situation] reducir la tensión de;
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