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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
Related forms
[ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • "And now the Kerak Worlds want to rearm and try again," Leoh said.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • He has acquired complete dictatorship of the Kerak Worlds, and is now attempting to rearm them for war.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • 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'll drop fifty planet bombs out of your peaceful skies and collect your vassal worlds before they can rearm.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • If they won the armistice, they'd be able to retrench and rearm, and the war would break out again within a few years.

    In Case of Fire Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for rearm


to arm again
(transitive) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
Derived Forms
rearmament, noun
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