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 formsre·ar·ma·ment [ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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



to arm again
(tr) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
Derived Formsrearmament, noun
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