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disarm

verb uk   /dɪˈsɑːm/ us    /-ˈsɑːrm/

disarm verb (REMOVE WEAPONS)

[I or T] to take weapons away from someone, or to give up weapons or armies: With one movement, she disarmed the man and pinned him against the wall. Many politicians argued that this was no time to disarm (= give up the country's weapons and army). Experts successfully managed to disarm the bomb (= stop it from exploding).

disarm verb (PERSONALITY)

[T] to make someone like you, especially when they had not expected to: His frankness completely disarmed her.
disarming
adjective uk   /-ˈsɑː.mɪŋ/ us    /-ˈsɑːrmɪŋ/ approving
He displayed a disarming honesty by telling them about his father's bankruptcy.
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