Simple Definition of disarm
: to take weapons from (someone or something)
: to give up weapons
: to make (a bomb, mine, etc.) harmless
Full Definition of disarm
1 a : to deprive of means, reason, or disposition to be hostile <disarmed criticism by admitting her errors> b : to win over
2 a : to divest of arms <disarm captured troops> b : to deprive of a means of attack or defense <disarm a ship> c : to make harmless <disarm a bomb>
1 : to lay aside arms
2 : to give up or reduce armed forces
Examples of disarm
The government has been unsuccessful at disarming the rebels.
The terrorists have refused to disarm.
It took more than an hour to disarm the bomb.
Origin of disarm
Middle English desarmen, literally, to divest of arms, from Anglo-French desarmer, from des- dis- + armer to arm
First Known Use: 14th century
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