Definition of bear arms in English:

bear arms


  • 1Possess or carry a weapon.

    ‘the right to bear arms’
    • ‘The athletes will be gearing up in their shooting clothing and bearing arms if they're entering the clay target events.’
    • ‘The nature and scope of the right to bear arms will remain contentious in the United States.’
    • ‘Back then only noblemen were allowed to bear arms.’
    • ‘A wide majority of American voters agree that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.’
    • ‘She enforced a rule that soldiers were not allowed to enter the house bearing arms of any kind.’
    • ‘With freedom to bear arms comes responsibility.’
    • ‘He called for millions of gun-owners to "stand and fight" against attempts to regulate their right to bear arms.’
    • ‘Only law officers could legally bear arms.’
    • ‘They're not actually covered by any legal framework that allows them to both bear arms and particularly to return fire.’
    • ‘A series of orders were passed which compelled them to sell their assets, pay all their outstanding debts immediately and, most ominously, barred them from bearing arms.’
    1. 1.1 Participate in military operations as a member of the armed forces.
      ‘those who had a conscientious objection to bearing arms were freed from military service’
      • ‘All those capable of bearing arms—both young boys and old men—had been mustered for the decisive battle.’
      • ‘His father broke peace with us and bore arms against us.’
      • ‘He can lawfully perform service in the hospitals of the Army in lieu of bearing arms.’
      • ‘Whenever the government has employed compulsory military training or service, it has been confronted by those who, on principle, refuse to bear arms.’
      • ‘It is still treason to bear arms for the Queen's enemies whether or not you have fired those arms.’
      • ‘They have never from choice borne arms nor sought distinction in military prowess.’
      • ‘In the chaos of field conditions, protection for of those not bearing arms is often ill-defined.’
      • ‘At the higher, abstract level, there is no persuasive evidence that the country has abandoned the ideal that citizens should bear arms in their country's defense.’
      • ‘He could only plea with them to distinguish between combatants and those innocent civilians who do not bear arms.’
      • ‘After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.’