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
Those who knew him say Lucas was a natural leader with the type of affable, disarming personality that endeared him to people regardless of race.
Fired up for retaliation, Philip is instead instantly disarmed by the Italo-English beauty in widow's garb.
The deputies and Poarch police officers at the scene were able to locate and disarm Mitchell, taking him into custody without incident.
Three days later, hundreds of soldiers and state police swept into San Miguel Totolapan to disarm the militia.
The deputy was working off-duty security at the store and was trying to help store employees who had stopped Sneed for allegedly shoplifting when Sneed disarmed the deputy of her stun gun and shocked her in the neck with it, according to Sgt.
This classic British series is set during World War II and centers around a team of bomb disposal experts tasked with disarming and destroying thousands of potentially lethal ordnance.
The simplicity and straightforwardness of this music proved disarming.
Choose a four-digit security code to disarm the system, or use the keychain remote.
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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 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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