To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless.
- To divest of a weapon or weapons.
- To deprive of the means of attack or defense; render harmless: "Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting” ( Washington Irving).
- To overcome or allay the suspicion, hostility, or antagonism of.
- To win the confidence of.
- To lay down arms.
- To reduce or abolish armed forces.