Definition of armed in English:



  • 1Equipped with or carrying a weapon or weapons.

    ‘heavily armed troops’
    ‘the security forces are armed with automatic rifles’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trucks began speeding towards them, carrying men armed with guns and more grenades.’
    • ‘The armed separatist group placed bombs on two high-tension electricity towers run by grid operator Red Electrica.’
    • ‘They involved massive land armies armed with improved types of tanks, artillery and aviation.’
    • ‘Then an open truck drives by carrying eight armed soldiers.’
    • ‘The proportion of troops armed with more accurate, but slower firing, rifles remained low.’
    • ‘What makes Hemopure so attractive to military officials is that, during armed conflict, blood supplies can run low.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some 3,000 car-jackings occur every month carried out by people armed with semi-automatic weapons.’
    • ‘No one in West Yorkshire Police will be prosecuted over the shooting of a former soldier armed with an airgun, it was announced yesterday.’
    • ‘Soldiers armed with Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers lined the roads into the village.’
    • ‘Looking up, he saw a duo of guards and an armed robot down the hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Bill will see the same power extended to troops, armed with even more deadly weapons, operating under conditions of serious unrest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If we wished to make war, we certainly would not want to fight soldiers armed with blades such as these.’
    • ‘The Chinese had brought new tactics to the battlefield for directing mass peasant armies armed with crossbows.’
    • ‘He said any police intervention was likely to have a dire effect because some of the squatters were now armed with automatic firearms.’
    • ‘They knew that some of the people inside of this settlement were armed, and perhaps prepared to use those arms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
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    1. 1.1 Involving the use of firearms.
      ‘armed robbery’
      • ‘As a result, preparing for armed conflict is no longer only a matter of simply assembling battlefield strength to destroy defined adversaries.’
      • ‘Did the rush to recognise independence for Croatia and Slovenia in 1991 prepare the way for armed conflict or not?’
      • ‘Mr. Clinton expanded on the law-enforcement theme, signaling that terrorists need not fear an armed response.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New types of weapons and equipment were in armed conflicts in the Middle East.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The essential issue has been the preservation of the ability to resort to armed terror, while limiting their opponents' capacity to respond in kind.’
      • ‘Police believe banning sales of replica guns will lead to a drop in armed robberies and firearms incidents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most radical of all were the ultraists like John Brown, who were prepared to wage armed conflict to achieve their objectives.’
      • ‘A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, kidnap, handling stolen goods and firearms offences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We weren't really prepared for armed confrontation, so we decided to find another trail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The number of reported sexual assaults rose by 150 per cent and the number of armed robberies using firearms was up 67 per cent.’
      • ‘Reacting to the momentum of events, Lenin, from hiding, ordered preparations for an armed insurrection.’
      • ‘And then why did you commit four more armed robberies?’
      • ‘Confusing cinematic spectacle with the horrors and necessities of armed conflict signals an end to our ability to discern truth.’
    2. 1.2 (of a bomb, alarm, or other device) prepared to activate or explode.
      • ‘All alarms when armed send a signal to a control room.’
      • ‘The stakes have been set, and weapons are armed, and like we've heard time and time again, we, the gamers will reap the benefits of this extraordinary battle.’
      • ‘He regards his mail warily and handles packages like armed grenades.’
      • ‘I answered, pulling the bag of weapons up and taking an armed rifle out of the bag.’
      • ‘For the first time in his life, the gunman isn't looking at a helpless victim, but at an armed man prepared to kill him.’
      • ‘The ‘A’ bomb and ‘H’ bomb were not armed until we were ready to drop them on a target.’
      • ‘At my command, our heavy missiles were armed, and we all formed up, including the rookies and our own bomber, and made one last pass at them.’
      • ‘Whereas factory alarms just make noise and someone can still start the car, my alarm actually shuts off the starter when it's armed.’
      • ‘Similarly, a security system sign may not refer to an actual armed alarm.’
      • ‘Conclusive tests are still being done, both on those suspected weapons and the missiles discovered with suspected chemically armed warheads.’
      • ‘Payne has rigged a city bus with an explosive device that is armed once the bus goes above 50 miles per hour.’
      • ‘Knowledge that the threat is in place; that nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons are armed and ready to be used.’
      • ‘Four other armed rockets also were discovered and defused.’
      • ‘The submissions state that the bombs were then armed and the cars driven into the city centre, where they were later detonated.’
      • ‘The debris scattered onto the concrete floor below on the other side, showering the men holding armed weapons with piercing fragments.’
      • ‘Two green lights appeared on her HUD indicating that two Hornet missiles were armed and ready to launch.’
      • ‘He stepped forward with the caution of one approaching an armed landmine.’
    3. 1.3 Supplied with equipment, tools, or other items in preparation or readiness for something.
      ‘he is armed with a list of questions’
      • ‘Lots of people knew, but it continued for months until one lowly soldier armed with irrefutable evidence finally blew the whistle.’
      • ‘As a deluge of rain poured down on the course and a battalion of green staff armed with squeegees fought to keep play in motion, Matthew eventually pleaded with an official that play should be stopped.’
      • ‘We descended on the steak like the Swiss army, armed with skewers instead of their multi-purpose knives.’
      • ‘In the early Western Desert campaigns, PWE operated a few front-line propaganda units, armed with megaphones, to try to persuade Italian troops to desert.’
      • ‘A crackdown on illegal parking in York will see an army of new-style traffic wardens armed with new powers and digital cameras.’
      • ‘The protest warriors join anti-war protests in progress, armed with t-shirts and signs that force anti-war arguments to extreme conclusions.’
      • ‘My asthma would be classed as mild, but I have fought a constant battle with it, armed with my Ventolin puffer and occasionally steroid medication.’
      • ‘Delegates will be equipped to return to their diocese throughout the continent armed with the ability to evaluate the situation in their region or parish.’
      • ‘A more critically-minded minister of health services armed with more intimate knowledge of the subject might be more hesitant about making such broad changes.’
      • ‘In this series, Kathy, armed only with the tools of science, conducts her own experiments, reviews the latest science and checks her findings with colleagues.’
      • ‘That said, the detainees may well be innocent of any crime, but to appear at an airbase civil or military armed with notepads and cameras in this environment is daft.’
      • ‘The only armies we send over are those armed with fiddles, bodhrans, flutes and mandolins.’
  • 2Heraldry
    Having claws, a beak, etc. of a specified tincture.


  • armed to the teeth

    • Formidably armed.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Twenty-two men exited the aircraft, all clothed in dark fatigues and all armed to the teeth.’