[ 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

re·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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British Dictionary definitions for rearm


/ (riːˈɑːm) /


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

Derived Forms

rearmament, noun
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