- to take away weapons or armaments from
- to deprive of the ability to hurt; make harmless
- to overcome the hostility of; make friendly
Origin of disarmMiddle English disarmen from Old French desarmer: see dis- and arm
- to lay down arms
- to reduce or do away with armed forces and armaments
verbdis·armed, dis·arm·ing, dis·arms
- a. To divest of a weapon or weapons.b. To deprive of the means of attack or defense; render harmless: “Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting” ( Washington Irving )
- a. To overcome or allay the suspicion, hostility, or antagonism of.b. To win the confidence of.
- To lay down arms.
- To reduce or abolish armed forces.
Origin of disarmMiddle English disarmen from Old French desarmer des- dis- armer to arm ( from Latin armāre ) ( from arma weapons ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present disarms, present participle disarming, simple past and past participle disarmed)
- To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless.
- To deprive of the means or the disposition to harm; to render harmless or innocuous; as, to disarm a man's wrath.
- (intransitive) To lay down arms; to stand down.
- (intransitive) To reduce one's own military forces.
From Middle English desarmen (“to divest of arms”), from Anglo-Norman desarmer