re·​ar·​ma·​ment (ˌ)rē-ˈär-mə-mənt How to pronounce rearmament (audio)
: the act or practice of rearming : the act or practice of equipping a nation, a military force, etc. again with new or better weapons
concerns about nuclear rearmament
Countries like Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia all have borders with Russia and may consider rearmament.Khen Elazar

Examples of rearmament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The war in Ukraine exposed Europe’s vulnerabilities and catalyzed decisions on rearmament and economic security. Célia Belin, Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr. 2024 With booming oil and gas prices filling the Kremlin’s coffers and fueling an economic recovery from the post-Soviet collapse, Putin embarked on a more than decade-long rearmament program that allocated hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize Russia’s military. Tribune News Service, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2024 Western European countries have scrambled to strengthen their defenses, Germany has announced a process of rearmament, NATO is more unified than ever before, and the transatlantic alliance has been reinvigorated. Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Affairs, 4 Apr. 2022 Of course, since the NATO countries as a whole are wealthier, more technologically advanced, and more populous than Russia, that gap could theoretically be filled with an aggressive rearmament program. Justin Logan and Joshua Shifrinson, Foreign Affairs, 7 July 2023 The question of who helms strategic companies ranging from energy to defense has taken on more significance given the backdrop of rapidly realigning priorities in gas supply and military rearmament as war rages on the European continent. Alessandra Migliaccio,, 13 Apr. 2023 Whereas once Japanese rearmament with such capabilities would have caused debate among its allies, Washington is rightly all-in for the plan. The Editors, National Review, 20 Dec. 2022 In 1938, France and Czechoslovakia would have defeated Germany, as Berlin’s rearmament was woefully incomplete. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Worse, the Czechoslovaks had one of the world’s best armament works, which immensely aided Berlin’s rearmament. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022

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Word History


re- + armament, after rearm

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rearmament was in 1769

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“Rearmament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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