- 1[transitive] disarm somebody to take a weapon or weapons away from somebody Most of the rebels were captured and disarmed.
- 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[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. compare arm Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French desarmer.
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//