Definition of armed in English:


Syllabification: armed
Pronunciation: /ärmd


  • 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.
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    • 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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