Etymology
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de-escalate (v.)

also deescalate, "reduce the intensity of," 1964, from de- "do the opposite of" + escalate. Related: De-escalated; de-escalating; de-escalation.

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Definitions of de-escalate

de-escalate (v.)
diminish in size, scope, or intensity;
The war of words between them de-escalated with time
de-escalate (v.)
reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of;
de-escalate a crisis
Synonyms: weaken / step down
From wordnet.princeton.edu