disarm

When you disarm someone, you take their weapons away from them. An archery instructor might, for example, disarm a student if he wasn't handling his bow and arrow carefully.

To disarm is to remove a gun, knife — or any kind of weapon — from someone's hands, or from a group of people. A government might work to disarm a rebel group, for example, and police officers sometimes offer to pay money for guns in an attempt to disarm citizens. You can also use the verb to mean "win someone over," like when you disarm a cranky store cashier with your friendly smile. Disarm has an Old French root word, desarmer.

Definitions of disarm
  1. verb
    take away the weapons from; render harmless
    synonyms: unarm
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    types:
    demilitarise, demilitarize
    do away with the military organization and potential of
    neutralise, neutralize
    make incapable of military action
    type of:
    deprive, divest, strip
    take away possessions from someone
  2. verb
    remove offensive capability from
    synonyms: demilitarise, demilitarize
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    Antonyms:
    arm, build up, fortify, gird
    prepare oneself for a military confrontation
  3. verb
    make less hostile; win over
    “Her charm disarmed the prosecution lawyer completely”
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    type of:
    convert, convince, win over
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
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