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disarm

dis·arm

disarm

 
pronunciation:
dIs arm
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disarmed, disarming, disarms
definition 1: to take away the weapons of; divest of the means of attack or defense.
Government forces rounded up the rebels and disarmed them.
synonyms:
unarm
antonyms:
arm
similar words:
demilitarize, demobilize, disable
definition 2: to overcome the suspicion or antagonism of.
They had been prepared to dislike her, but her sweet smile disarmed them.
synonyms:
conciliate, mollify, propitiate
similar words:
appease, assuage, calm
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to lay down arms or weapons.
The gunmen refused to disarm.
definition 2: of a nation, to reduce the size of the military forces or arsenal.
After the war, the vanquished nation was forced to disarm.
antonyms:
arm
Word Parts
The word disarm contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
arm Latin root that means arms, weapons