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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To decrease the size, scope, or intensity of (a war, for example).
  • intransitive v. To decrease or diminish in size, scope, or intensity: The birth rate has begun to de-escalate.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of deescalate.

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  • transitive v. to reduce in intensity (a crisis or a war).

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  • v. diminish in size, scope, or intensity
  • v. reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

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  • I've seen a few citations of the recent quote by the UN, all of them using a hyphenated version.

    "Observer mission spokesman Neeraj Singh said Thursday the monitor team is establishing contacts and preparing for a larger mission approved by the U.N. Security Council last week.
    'In this process we have a role of de-escalating the situation. We do that - and we did that yesterday in Douma - by maintaining our presence on the ground, patrolling the area for a good number of hours, through our liaison activities.'"
    - VOA News, 'UN Seeks to De-Escalate Syria Situation', voanews.com, 28 April 2012.

    April 27, 2012