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What is the difference between defuse and diffuse?
To defuse means to remove the fuse.
Diffuse means spread out.
Defuse and Diffuse
The words defuse
sound similar, but their meanings are very different.
The verb to defuse
refers to the act of deactivating a bomb. (Defuse literally
means to remove the fuse
.) It is often used figuratively
to mean to disarm
or to pacify
- How long did it take you to defuse the bomb?
(Here, defuse is being used literally.)
- Paul, go back in the meeting and defuse all the arguing.
(Here, defuse is being used figuratively.)
diffuse means spread out
or not concentrated in one place
can also be a verb
meaning to circulate
or to spread
- She is the CEO of a large diffuse company.
(Here, diffuse is an adjective meaning spread out.)
- I need speakers that will diffuse my music around the whole arena.
(Here, diffuse is a verb meaning to spread.)
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