Definition of armed in English:

armed

adjective

  • 1Equipped with or carrying a firearm or firearms.

    ‘heavily armed troops’
    • ‘Today, it turns out that the surveillance team had concluded that de Menezes was not a threat - that he was not about to detonate a bomb, was not armed and was not acting suspiciously.’
    • ‘Soldiers armed with Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers lined the roads into the village.’
    • ‘Most days a crowd of desperate Afghans try to cross the fairy castle-like gate, only to find themselves beaten back by Pakistani soldiers armed with sticks.’
    • ‘Some 3,000 car-jackings occur every month carried out by people armed with semi-automatic weapons.’
    • ‘The armed separatist group placed bombs on two high-tension electricity towers run by grid operator Red Electrica.’
    • ‘The proportion of troops armed with more accurate, but slower firing, rifles remained low.’
    • ‘If we wished to make war, we certainly would not want to fight soldiers armed with blades such as these.’
    • ‘Looking up, he saw a duo of guards and an armed robot down the hall.’
    • ‘Trucks began speeding towards them, carrying men armed with guns and more grenades.’
    • ‘The Chinese had brought new tactics to the battlefield for directing mass peasant armies armed with crossbows.’
    • ‘No one in West Yorkshire Police will be prosecuted over the shooting of a former soldier armed with an airgun, it was announced yesterday.’
    • ‘In Gujranwala, the marathon armed vigilantes hurled petrol bombs and attacked the participants.’
    • ‘This brought the majority of the crew onto the main deck, many armed, all alarmed.’
    • ‘They could scarcely have realised it at the time, but the 12-year-old schoolboy and his father were treading the same path as hunters armed with lethal firearms.’
    • ‘Then an open truck drives by carrying eight armed soldiers.’
    • ‘What makes Hemopure so attractive to military officials is that, during armed conflict, blood supplies can run low.’
    • ‘They knew that some of the people inside of this settlement were armed, and perhaps prepared to use those arms.’
    • ‘They involved massive land armies armed with improved types of tanks, artillery and aviation.’
    • ‘He said any police intervention was likely to have a dire effect because some of the squatters were now armed with automatic firearms.’
    • ‘The Bill will see the same power extended to troops, armed with even more deadly weapons, operating under conditions of serious unrest.’
    • ‘A teenager and a seven-year-old boy were injured as 50 men armed with sticks, bottles and baseball bats fought a pitched battle in a Bolton street.’
    • ‘Up to 15 customers plus members of staff ran from the restaurant after the manager raised the alarm as an armed response team, called by another police officer, arrived on the scene.’
    fighting, service, army, defence, warrior, soldierly, soldier-like, martial
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    1. 1.1 Involving the use of firearms.
      ‘armed robbery’
      • ‘The essential issue has been the preservation of the ability to resort to armed terror, while limiting their opponents' capacity to respond in kind.’
      • ‘A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, kidnap, handling stolen goods and firearms offences.’
      • ‘The use of firearms in an armed robbery has declined in recent years, and at the same time there has been a dramatic increase in the use of other weapons, particularly knives, but also syringes.’
      • ‘Did the rush to recognise independence for Croatia and Slovenia in 1991 prepare the way for armed conflict or not?’
      • ‘Police believe banning sales of replica guns will lead to a drop in armed robberies and firearms incidents.’
      • ‘A young shop assistant spoke of his relief today after being cleared of stealing £10,000 following an armed robbery at a Southampton post office.’
      • ‘We weren't really prepared for armed confrontation, so we decided to find another trail.’
      • ‘Most radical of all were the ultraists like John Brown, who were prepared to wage armed conflict to achieve their objectives.’
      • ‘And then why did you commit four more armed robberies?’
      • ‘The number of reported sexual assaults rose by 150 per cent and the number of armed robberies using firearms was up 67 per cent.’
      • ‘Confusing cinematic spectacle with the horrors and necessities of armed conflict signals an end to our ability to discern truth.’
      • ‘Reacting to the momentum of events, Lenin, from hiding, ordered preparations for an armed insurrection.’
      • ‘In private but not in public, Fargo told the Chinese his command was prepared to use armed force to help defend Taiwan if the president so ordered.’
      • ‘As a result, preparing for armed conflict is no longer only a matter of simply assembling battlefield strength to destroy defined adversaries.’
      • ‘New types of weapons and equipment were in armed conflicts in the Middle East.’
      • ‘Its comrades argued openly for their ideas, but at the same time there was a clandestine organisation, assisted by the Russian Red Army, preparing for armed struggle.’
      • ‘You think the looting, rape and armed terror that emerged within hours in New Orleans couldn't happen elsewhere?’
      • ‘Firearms police are better prepared than ever to face the terrifying threat of an armed incident or terrorist attack, according the officer responsible for a new North Yorkshire Police team.’
      • ‘Last month Batasuna, a banned party seen as Eta's political wing proposed a new formula for peace talks with the government, raising hopes that Eta might be prepared to end its armed struggle.’
      • ‘There were mutterings of suing for peace - but as Britons prepared for an armed invasion, intelligence sources abroad detected that their worst fears may not be realised.’
      • ‘Mr. Clinton expanded on the law-enforcement theme, signaling that terrorists need not fear an armed response.’
  • 2Heraldry
    Having claws, a beak, etc. of a specified tincture.

    ‘a lion rampant argent, armed and langued azure’

Phrases

  • armed to the teeth

    • Formidably armed.

      • ‘Twenty-two men exited the aircraft, all clothed in dark fatigues and all armed to the teeth.’
      • ‘The Bedford, a NATO battleship armed to the teeth, is on patrol in the North Atlantic when it receives two guests via helicopter.’
      • ‘Two warriors, armed to the teeth, stand alert, ready to defend the demolition team in case of a raid by bandits.’

Pronunciation

armed

/ɑːmd/