Definition of disarm verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    disarm

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disarm
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrm//
     
    he / she / it disarms
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrmz//
     
    past simple disarmed
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrmd//
     
    past participle disarmed
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrmd//
     
    -ing form disarming
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɑːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɑːrmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] disarm somebody to take a weapon or weapons away from somebody Most of the rebels were captured and disarmed.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a country or a group of people) to reduce the size of an army or to give up some or all weapons, especially nuclear weapons The government was reluctant to disarm.
  3. 3[transitive] disarm somebody to make somebody feel less angry or critical He disarmed her immediately by apologizing profusely. The best way to disarm your critics is to make them laugh.
  4. compare arm
    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French desarmer.
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