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- (transitive) To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless.
- (transitive) To deprive of the means or the disposition to harm; to render harmless or innocuous; as, to disarm a man's wrath.
2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- Foremost in her arsenal is that smile – so enormous and so absurdly disarming that someone should have worked out a way to harness its power into international conflict resolution.
- (intransitive) To lay down arms; to stand down.
- (intransitive) To reduce one's own military forces.
to deprive of arms
to deprive of the means or the disposition to harm
to lay down arms
to reduce the size of one's own military forces
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