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Meaning of “disarm” in the English Dictionary

"disarm" in British English

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disarmverb

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 ​politiciansargued that this was no ​time to disarm (= give up the country's ​weapons and ​army). Experts ​successfullymanaged to disarm the bomb (= ​stop it from ​exploding).
disarming
adjective uk   /-ˈsɑː.mɪŋ/  us   /-ˈsɑːrmɪŋ/ approving
He ​displayed a disarming ​honesty by ​telling them about his father's ​bankruptcy.
(Definition of disarm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disarm" in American English

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disarmverb

 us   /dɪsˈɑrm/
  • disarm verb (REMOVE WEAPONS)

[I/T] to take ​weapons away from someone, or give up ​weapons: [T] Store ​securityguards disarmed him and ​held him for the ​police. [I] The ​revolutionarygrouprefused to disarm. [T] Bomb ​experts disarmed the ​device (= made it ​unable to ​explode).
  • disarm verb (CHARM)

[T] to make someone ​begin to like you, esp. unexpectedly: He was disarmed by the ​older man’s ​wit and ​intelligence.
(Definition of disarm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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