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 for de-escalate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  de-escalate \de-escalate\ v. t.
     to reduce in intensity (a crisis or a war).
     [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: diminish in size, scope, or intensity; "The war of words
           between them de-escalated with time"
      2: reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of; "de-
         escalate a crisis" [syn: de-escalate, weaken, step
         down] [ant: escalate, intensify, step up]

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