Meaning of “armed” in the English Dictionary

"armed" in British English

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uk /ɑːmd/ us /ɑːrmd/

B2 using or carrying weapons:

an armed robbery
armed conflict
These men are armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.
armed to the teeth

informal carrying many weapons:

The gunman was reported as being armed to the teeth and equipped with both a rifle and a pistol.

More examples

  • He is in prison for armed robbery.
  • Early this morning, armed police surrounded a house which they thought contained an escaped prisoner.
  • She entered the vault with an armed guard.
  • Two armed men were caught trying to cross the frontier at night.
  • The villagers are powerless against the armed invaders.


uk / -ɑːmd/ us / -ɑːrmd/

(Definition of “armed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"armed" in American English

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armedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɑrmd/

armed adjective [ not gradable ] (PROVIDE WEAPONS)

using or carrying weapons:

armed guards
armed robbery

armed adjective [ not gradable ] (HAVING WHAT IS NEEDED)

If you are armed with something, you know or have access to something that can be useful to you:

Kids should be armed with the facts about the disease.

(Definition of “armed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)