Definition of disarm
1a : to deprive of means, reason, or disposition to be hostile disarmed criticism by admitting her errorsb : to win over
2a : to divest of arms disarm captured troopsb : to deprive of a means of attack or defense disarm a shipc : to make harmless disarm a bomb
1 : to lay aside arms
2 : to give up or reduce armed forces
disarmamentplay \-ˈär-mə-mənt\ 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.
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 English Language Learners
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
Definition of disarm for Students
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
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