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[ree-ahrm] /riˈɑrm/
verb (used with object)
to arm again.
to furnish with new or better weapons:
As soon as the new rifle was in production, the troops were rearmed.
verb (used without object)
to become armed again.
Origin of rearm
First recorded in 1870-75; re- + arm2
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[ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When they united with Frmont he was obliged to rearm them with Springfield rifles from his own stores.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • He has acquired complete dictatorship of the Kerak Worlds, and is now attempting to rearm them for war.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • This fort the Admiral, in those days of waiting, had taken the precaution secretly to garrison and rearm.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He'll drop fifty planet bombs out of your peaceful skies and collect your vassal worlds before they can rearm.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • "And now the Kerak Worlds want to rearm and try again," Leoh said.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
British Dictionary definitions for rearm


to arm again
(transitive) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
Derived Forms
rearmament, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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