re·​arm (ˌ)rē-ˈärm How to pronounce rearm (audio)
rearmed; rearming; rearms

transitive verb

: to arm (a nation, a military force, etc.) again with new or better weapons

intransitive verb

: to become armed again

Examples of rearm in a Sentence

The treaty forbids the country to rearm. Another country was rearming their enemies.
Recent Examples on the Web The alliance is walking a tightrope of rearming and increasing military spending while avoiding provoking Moscow and escalating what is already the deadliest war on European soil in decades. Niamh Kennedy, CNN, 26 June 2024 In 2021, under Boris Johnson, the U.K. stopped reducing its weapons stockpile and became the world’s only nuclear-armed country apart from China to openly rearm—with a plan to add up to eighty warheads, an increase of some forty per cent, by the mid-twenty-twenties. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 20 June 2024 This covert partnership collapsed when Hitler took power, but not before giving him a vital, deadly head start in Europe’s race to rearm in the 1930s. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2024 War-weary and disoriented, the German population was reluctant to rearm when a war had just led to their society’s destruction. Thomas Meaney, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for rearm 

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of rearm was in 1750

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Cite this Entry

“Rearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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re·​arm (ˈ)rē-ˈärm How to pronounce rearm (audio)
: to arm again with new or better weapons
rearmament noun
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