disarm

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

Definition of disarm

transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
1 :to lay aside arms
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.

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Origin and Etymology of disarm

Middle English desarmen, literally, to divest of arms, from Anglo-French desarmer, from des- dis- + armer to arm

disarm Synonyms

Synonyms
demilitarize
Antonyms
arm, militarize
Related Words
demobilize; denuclearize
Near Antonyms
equip, reequip, weapon; embattle, mechanize, mobilize

DISARM Defined for English Language Learners

disarm

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Definition of disarm for English Language Learners

  • : to take weapons from (someone or something)

  • : to give up weapons

  • : to make (a bomb, mine, etc.) harmless


DISARM Defined for Kids

disarm

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verb dis·arm \ dis-ˈärm \

Definition of disarm for Students

disarmed; disarming
1 :to take weapons from
  • Disarm the prisoner.
2 :to reduce the size and strength of the armed forces of a country
3 :to make harmless
  • He disarmed the bomb.
4 :to end dislike or mistrust :win over
  • a disarming smile

disarmament

\-ˈär-mə-mənt\ noun


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