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.
Recent Examples of disarm from the Web
Police said the suspect broke into a house on the nearby 6100 block of North Sixth Street, where the homeowner and his son struggled with the man and disarmed him.
From their post: Genital Jousting is largely about disarming masculinity.
The men entered the driver's compartment, overpowered and disarmed Officers Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58, while the bus was on State Route 16 between Eatonton and Sparta, police said.
A lesser actor could easily have made the lad insufferable, but Lieberher brings a disarming poise to his work that somehow makes the kid endearing yet not cloying.
Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, who has prominent tattoos on his face and neck, overpowered, disarmed and killed Sgt.
The two men overpowered and disarmed the guards about 6:45 a.m. as 33 inmates were being driven between prisons, Sills told reporters.
To survive and prosper, the South, and the nation, must renounce this pernicious creed and disarm its symbols.
Lake County Sheriff's Department officers managed to safely disarm a suspect without any shots fired after a car chase turned into a foot chase on Friday in Gary, according to a release.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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