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disarm

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verb dis·arm \dis-ˈärm, diz-, ˈdis-ˌärm\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deprive of means, reason, or disposition to be hostile <disarmed criticism by admitting her errors> b :  to win over

  3. 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>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to lay aside arms

  6. 2 :  to give up or reduce armed forces

dis·ar·ma·ment play \-ˈär-mə-mənt\ noun
dis·arm·er noun

Examples of disarm

  1. The government has been unsuccessful at disarming the rebels.

  2. The terrorists have refused to disarm.

  3. 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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