Definition of bear arms in English:

bear arms


  • 1Possess or carry a weapon.

    ‘the right to bear arms’
    • ‘She enforced a rule that soldiers were not allowed to enter the house bearing arms of any kind.’
    • ‘Only law officers could legally bear arms.’
    • ‘With freedom to bear arms comes responsibility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The athletes will be gearing up in their shooting clothing and bearing arms if they're entering the clay target events.’
    • ‘A wide majority of American voters agree that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.’
    • ‘Back then only noblemen were allowed to bear arms.’
    • ‘The nature and scope of the right to bear arms will remain contentious in the United States.’
    • ‘He called for millions of gun-owners to "stand and fight" against attempts to regulate their right to bear 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.’
      • ‘It is still treason to bear arms for the Queen's enemies whether or not you have fired those arms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have never from choice borne arms nor sought distinction in military prowess.’
      • ‘He can lawfully perform service in the hospitals of the Army in lieu of bearing arms.’
      • ‘After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.’
      • ‘Whenever the government has employed compulsory military training or service, it has been confronted by those who, on principle, refuse to bear arms.’
      • ‘His father broke peace with us and bore arms against us.’
      • ‘In the chaos of field conditions, protection for of those not bearing arms is often ill-defined.’