• synonyms


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.
Show More
verb (used without object)
  1. to become armed again.
Show More

Origin of rearm

First recorded in 1870–75; re- + arm2
Related formsre·ar·ma·ment [ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rearm

Contemporary Examples of rearm

Historical Examples of rearm

  • "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.


    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


  1. to arm again
  2. (tr) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
Show More
Derived Formsrearmament, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012