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disarmverb

uk   /dɪˈsɑːm/  us   /dɪˈsɑːrm/
  • 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).
disarming
adjective uk   /dɪˈsɑː.mɪŋ/  us   /dɪˈsɑːrmɪŋ/ 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)

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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 security guards disarmed him and held him for the police. [I] The revolutionary group refused 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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