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[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
1870-75; re- + arm2
Related forms
[ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • The wires break when crossed but they rearm when the next wave hits.
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British Dictionary definitions for rearm


to arm again
(transitive) to equip (an army, a nation, etc) with better weapons
Derived Forms
rearmament, noun
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