dis·​arm dis-ˈärm How to pronounce disarm (audio)
disarmed; disarming; disarms

transitive verb

: to deprive of means, reason, or disposition to be hostile
disarmed criticism by admitting her errors
: to win over
: to divest of arms
disarm captured troops
: to deprive of a means of attack or defense
disarm a ship
: to make harmless
disarm a bomb

intransitive verb

: to lay aside arms
: to give up or reduce armed forces
disarmament noun
disarmer noun

Examples of disarm in a Sentence

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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disarm was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Disarm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disarm. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​arm (ˈ)dis-ˈärm How to pronounce disarm (audio)
: to take weapons from
disarm a prisoner
: to reduce the size and strength of the armed forces of a country
: to make harmless, peaceable, or friendly : remove dislike or suspicion
a disarming smile
disarmament noun

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