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armed Syllabification: armed

Definition of armed in English:


1Equipped with or carrying a weapon or weapons: the security forces are armed with automatic rifles heavily armed troops
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  • Some 3,000 car-jackings occur every month carried out by people armed with semi-automatic weapons.
  • If we wished to make war, we certainly would not want to fight soldiers armed with blades such as these.
  • The Bill will see the same power extended to troops, armed with even more deadly weapons, operating under conditions of serious unrest.
1.1Involving the use of firearms: armed robbery
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  • 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.
  • The number of reported sexual assaults rose by 150 per cent and the number of armed robberies using firearms was up 67 per cent.
  • Police believe banning sales of replica guns will lead to a drop in armed robberies and firearms incidents.
1.2(Of a bomb, alarm, or other device) prepared to activate or explode.
Example sentences
  • Similarly, a security system sign may not refer to an actual armed alarm.
  • The ‘A’ bomb and ‘H’ bomb were not armed until we were ready to drop them on a target.
  • Conclusive tests are still being done, both on those suspected weapons and the missiles discovered with suspected chemically armed warheads.
1.3Supplied with equipment, tools, or other items in preparation or readiness for something: he is armed with a list of questions
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2 Heraldry Having claws, a beak, etc., of a specified tincture.


armed to the teeth

see teeth.

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