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1‘the UN must disarm the country and arrest the warlords’
deprive of arms, take weapons from, render defenceless, make powerless
2‘the militia had refused government demands to disarm’
lay down arms, lay down weapons, demilitarize, turn over weapons, decommission arms, decommission weapons, become unarmed
literary sheathe the sword, turn swords into ploughshares
3‘police disarmed a parcel bomb’
defuse, disable, deactivate, remove the fuse from, put out of action
make safe, make harmless
4‘the warmth in his voice disarmed her’
win over, charm, undermine someone's resistance, sweeten
mollify, appease, placate, pacify, conciliate, humour, propitiate
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