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

Other Words from rearm

rearmament \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈär-​mə-​mənt How to pronounce rearm (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 When compared to asking a people who had lost more than a million sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands in a great war just a few years before to rearm and prepare for another one, that might not seem like such a daunting task. Bryce Hoffman, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 One key difference between the current fighting and the battles against the Taliban in the 1990s was that the Northern Alliance — led then by Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud — had supply lines to Tajikistan and was able to rearm. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 Israel and the United States fear that the militant group could use materials and funds to rearm and rebuild its military network, and instead want the Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs the West Bank, to carry out the rebuild. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Without functional lower-stage elevators, aircraft carriers have no viable way to rearm aircraft on the flight deck—weapons risk being stranded in their magazines, deep within the ship. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The Chinese Navy would use those bases to refuel and rearm, extending Beijing’s reach. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rearm

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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13 Nov 2021

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“Rearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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