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verb (used with object)
  1. to arm again.
  2. to furnish with new or better weapons: As soon as the new rifle was in production, the troops were rearmed.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become armed again.
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Origin of rearm

First recorded in 1870–75; re- + arm2
Related formsre·ar·ma·ment [ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for re-armament


  1. to arm again
  2. (tr) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
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Derived Formsrearmament, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-armament


also rearmament, 1864; see re- + armament.

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