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Apr 30 2009   12:41PM GMT

Which is correct – diffuse or defuse?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Predictive models of climate change inspired a movement to ______ the situation.
a. diffuse
b. defuse

Answer: b

Explanation: Diffuse means spread randomly or not concentrated. Defuse, in this context, means to make a situation less dangerous — as removing a fuse from a ticking bomb would do.

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