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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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.

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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 From touchdown on the landing strip to takeoff on another mission—including refueling and rearming with four 1,000-pound Mk.84 unguided bombs—required only 20 minutes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The A-10 Warthog Was a Badass Even in This Old-School '70s Film," 3 May 2018 On your taxes, Reb Berish, Germany is being rearmed. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 This troubling order will simply rearm those critics. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Where Miami’s congressional delegation stands on Trump’s Guantánamo Bay order | Miami Herald," 31 Jan. 2018 That’s why the EU’s foreign ministers should condemn Hezbollah now for rearming in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and for hiding weapons among civilians. Daniel Schwammenthal, WSJ, "How to Prevent the Next Mideast War," 11 Dec. 2017 Fleeing jihadists are already regrouping in remote areas, rearming with the help of desert smugglers. Anne Barnard And Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage," 19 Oct. 2017 There has been, perhaps, no greater demonstration of strategic lassitude since the West watched passively as Germany rearmed in the 1930s. Jerry Hendrix, National Review, "Why the United States Needs a 355-Ship Navy Now," 18 Oct. 2017 South Koreans have been wary of giving Japan, its former colonial master, any reason to rearm its postwar pacifist military. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rearm

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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