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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

disarmament

play \-ˈär-mə-mənt\ noun

disarmer

noun

Examples of disarm in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


DISARM Defined for Kids

disarm

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verb dis·arm \dis-ˈärm\

Definition of disarm for Students

disarmed

disarming

  1. 1 :  to take weapons from <Disarm the prisoner.>

  2. 2 :  to reduce the size and strength of the armed forces of a country

  3. 3 :  to make harmless <He disarmed the bomb.>

  4. 4 :  to end dislike or mistrust :  win over <a disarming smile>

disarmament

\-ˈär-mə-mənt\ noun




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