Meaning of disarm

dis•arm

Pronunciation: (dis-ärm'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to deprive of a weapon or weapons.
  2. to remove the fuze or other actuating device from: to disarm a bomb.
  3. to deprive of the means of attack or defense: The lack of logic disarmed his argument.
  4. to divest or relieve of hostility, suspicion, etc.; win the affection or approval of; charm: His smile disarmed us.
—v.i.
  1. to lay down one's weapons.
  2. (of a country) to reduce or limit the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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