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Definition of disarm verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disarm
    he / she / it disarms
    past simple disarmed
    -ing form disarming
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  1. 1[transitive] disarm somebody to take a weapon or weapons away from someone 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 someone feel less angry or critical He disarmed her immediately by apologizing profusely. The best way to disarm your critics is to make them laugh. compare arm
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