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

Definition of rearm

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become armed again

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Other Words from rearm

rearmament \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈär-​mə-​mənt How to pronounce rearmament (audio) \ noun

Examples of rearm in a Sentence

The treaty forbids the country to rearm. Another country was rearming their enemies.
Recent Examples on the Web Many worry that Trump could pull out of NATO if he is reelected, setting off a security revolution that would transform European societies with the need to rearm. Anchorage Daily News, "As the U.S. votes, the world watches with anxiety and hope," 3 Nov. 2020 Now, three years later, key components of the deal have not been implemented and some of the rebels appear to be abandoning the reintegration process and rearming for renewed conflict. Fox News, "Massive Colombia anti-government protests continue amid heightened violent crackdown," 26 Nov. 2019 All that fuel has to come from somewhere, typically the continental U.S., and is then driven in trucks to rearming and refueling points just behind the front line. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Tanks Could Be Powered by Electricity," 16 Sep. 2019 Which is rearming at the double, more than any other European country. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron in his own words (English)," 7 Nov. 2019 Instead, Stalin rearmed during the non-aggression pact with Hitler. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The bad deal that led directly to the start of World War II," 15 Aug. 2019 On land, Britain had only partly rearmed following its post-World War I disarmament.... Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Blood, Oil and the Axis’ Review: The Front That Was Left Behind," 9 May 2019 But the jihadist groups, who are sweeping across much of the Sahel, have reformed, rearmed and recruited new fighters. W.b., The Economist, "A new round of violence in Mali," 3 July 2019 This fits with reporting from the region that thousands of renegade FARC members have rearmed and returned to the battlefield. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "A Phony Peace in Colombia," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of rearm

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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12 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rearm

: to obtain new weapons
: to supply (someone or something) with new weapons

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