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

v take away the weapons from; render harmless

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

v remove offensive capability from

demilitarise, demilitarize
arm, build up, fortify, gird
prepare oneself for a military confrontation

v make less hostile; win over

“Her charm disarmed the prosecution lawyer completely”
Type of:
convert, convince, win over
make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something

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