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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an armed attack
▪ Armed attacks against Israeli settlements are on the increase.
an armed clash (=involving the use of weapons)
▪ The violence could soon become armed clashes and even a war.
an armed convoy (=carrying weapons)
▪ a heavily armed convoy of three vehicles
an armed gang (=with guns)
▪ An armed gang stole jewels worth more than five million pounds.
an armed terrorist
▪ They were gunned down by armed terrorists outside their hotel.
armed forces
Armed guards
Armed guards were posted by the exit.
armed insurrection
▪ an armed insurrection against the party in power
armed police
▪ Armed police surrounded the house.
armed rebellion
▪ This injustice has produced armed rebellion.
armed revolt (=one in which weapons are used)
▪ Somalis living just across the Ethiopian border rose up in armed revolt.
armed robbery (=robbery using a gun)
▪ He received a 10 year prison sentence for armed robbery.
armed uprising
▪ an armed uprising
be armed with a knife (=have it with you)
▪ One of the men was armed with a knife.
be under (police/armed etc) guard (=to be guarded by a group of people)
▪ He was taken to hospital, where he is now under police guard.
heavily armed
▪ thousands of heavily armed troops
military/violent/armed confrontation
▪ Japan seemed unlikely to risk military confrontation with Russia.
the armed forces (=a country’s military organizations, including the army, navy, and air force)
▪ Israel refused to withdraw its armed forces from the area.
▪ These highly mobile skirmishers can be used to draw Goblin fanatics out of their units prior to a charge by more heavily armed troops.
▪ The heavily armed gunmen initially took 24 hostages, but later released 14.
▪ Above these were the heavily armed cavalry, who were free vassals of noble blood.
▪ A heavily armed convoy signals Compaor's passage around the capital, Ouagadougou.
▪ It is in the context of armed conflict that many of the problems of third parties are brought into relief.
▪ In conclusion I will make some comments on the requisites for effective rules relating to the control of armed conflicts.
▪ This, as we have seen, is a rejection of the basic principles of the international humanitarian law of armed conflict.
▪ Continuing armed conflict Throughout April and May armed conflict continued.
▪ However, prolonged drought, and in Matebeleland armed conflict, have limited its effectiveness.
▪ These Protocols restated, and in several important respects developed, the laws of armed conflict.
▪ The agreement merely deferred armed conflict.
▪ Traditional sources of pupils are drying up: for example, the children of people in the armed forces.
▪ Apparently the kings could rely not only on taxation from the civitates, but also on local armed forces.
▪ And with the police and most of the armed forces behind me, I was able to stop Ngune from seizing power.
▪ The hon. Gentleman asked about young people joining the armed forces.
▪ The amendment also specified that candidates had to have resigned from the armed forces or security forces.
▪ There were also wide-ranging personnel changes in the upper echelons of the armed forces and the police.
▪ It is also an example of successful popular resistance to the armed forces.
▪ Apparently the kings could rely not only on taxation from the civitates, but also on local armed forces.
▪ At first, he appeared to have no immediate plans to take on the armed forces.
▪ Aspects of the revolt gave further illustration of the unreliable loyalty of sections of the armed forces.
▪ Now the armed forces are working the oil fields.
▪ Quotas were agreed for financing of joint armed forces and border troops.
▪ They were to be abolished as part of a 50 percent reduction in the armed forces.
▪ He himself was overthrown and killed in October 1987 by a faction of the armed forces calling itself the Popular Front.
▪ An armed gang has stolen jewels worth more than five million pounds from London's Hatton Garden.
▪ Between the 1740s and the 1820s, Romney Marsh was openly terrorized by armed gangs of smugglers.
▪ The State Council gave the armed groups an ultimatum to lay down their arms by March 30 and to open transport routes.
▪ Suddenly, blood sacrifice and small armed groups rising up against the state seemed worthy of three cheers.
▪ On Nov. 25, leaders of a number of armed groups reached agreement in the Supreme Soviet to end the fighting.
▪ Despite an immediate reprimand from Chamorro, Godoy's statements during the strike reportedly encouraged the formation of right-wing armed groups.
▪ Sporadic attacks by small armed groups continued, meanwhile, against members of the security forces.
▪ An armed guard stood there in the doorway, head bowed, a clean silk pau folded over one arm.
▪ On landing, Sly was shown to his chalet by a uniformed and armed guard.
▪ He moved down the corridor and around the corner, where two more armed guards stood, alert, against either wall.
▪ Still, they met us with fire trucks; we were politely assigned an armed guard and warned not to take pictures.
▪ I shall have the staff escort you home under armed guard!
▪ He flashed his security pass under the eyes of the two armed guards posted beside the exit door.
▪ In the truck are servants and armed guards accompanying the safari goods.
▪ Immediately, the arena doors opened to admit the four armed guards.
▪ The Stalinists, added another, were still considering armed intervention.
▪ I understand the problems, but an armed intervention force would give everyone the opportunity to seek a political solution.
▪ Two armed men had jumped from a car as the money was being carried towards the bank.
▪ The city was in chaos and we were afraid that armed men would attack us.
▪ About a dozen men took charge of me and 11 other foreigners.I never saw more than 20 armed men in the hotel.
▪ Detectives believed the armed man must have run inside the hospital and holed himself up in the office.
▪ Monsengwo's house was reported to have been attacked by armed men on Nov. 12.
▪ There the armed man left the car, taking Marita with him and Mr Loren was able to dial 999.
▪ It is now a museum of military history, but was once full of armed men and artillery.
▪ At 4am armed men came into my house forcing their way upstairs to my bedroom.
▪ Fourteen women were gang raped in May 1990, when paramilitary soldiers raided five villages in Assam in search of armed opposition groups.
▪ The detainees include individuals suspected of involvement in armed opposition or non-violent anti-government activity.
▪ The new regime ruthlessly crushed all semblance of armed opposition which threatened national unity.
▪ He says he was captured by armed police and was probably planning an armed robbery.
Police have now appealed to Hanger to give himself up peacefully but armed police are on standby.
▪ Detectives feared he was out for revenge and armed police were put on guard at police stations.
▪ The 17-year-olds were met by armed police and our photographer Ken Lennox when they tried to grab £8,000 outside a credit firm.
▪ Specialist officers were called to the scene including armed police and trained negotiators.
▪ Mr de Leon says that 30 armed police broke down his door and threatened to take him away.
▪ Staff sounded the alarm and he fled empty handed ... straight into an ambush by armed police wearing helmets and body armour.
▪ Lynwood Drake then took a 60-year-old woman hostage but shot himself dead when her house was surrounded by armed police.
▪ Read in studio Police have released a photofit of a man they believe carried out an armed raid on an estate agents.
▪ This time it was the Leeds building society, again in Oxford, again it was an armed raid.
▪ An armed raid on a hospital was bound to cause an international outcry, particularly if we came out empty-handed.
▪ Jeanne requested an armed raid on the building to rescue the woman, but the group leader wouldn't hear of it.
▪ The armed raid in Gloucester was the second in the county.
▪ In fact, the behaviour of the janissaries bred a smouldering resentment which erupted from time to time into acts of armed resistance.
▪ Fighting back: Shop assistant tackles an armed robber.
▪ And armed robbers netted £316 million.
▪ The armed robber, needless to say, did not stay around to be sued.
▪ She was working as a petrol station cashier when armed robbers threatened her with a knife during a raid.
▪ He proved his professionalism when he helped police catch two armed robbers at the site after raising the alarm.
▪ Read in studio Two armed robbers have been filmed by a security video raiding a building society.
▪ Time allowed 00:19 Read in studio An armed robber has escaped with cash from a building society office.
▪ He was flown here after being injured by armed robbers.
▪ The amnesty did not include those accused of offences relating to drugs, murder, economic sabotage or armed robbery.
▪ He says he was captured by armed police and was probably planning an armed robbery.
▪ The rates of rape, armed robbery, etc would probably not fall very much.
▪ Last summer he was placed under a supervision order after being found guilty of burglary, armed robbery and car theft.
▪ Detectives are linking it with a series of recent armed robberies, and warn the men could inflict serious injury.
▪ The defendants faced charges arising from three murders, three armed assaults and 32 armed robberies committed between 1980 and 1986.
▪ Two men are accused of murdering the informer to stop him giving evidence at an armed robbery trial.
▪ The defendant argued that any liability which he had, extended only from his breach of duty until the armed robbery.
▪ What of heroic exploits during armed service or the caning of school children?
▪ As fifty years later, the Foreign Office and armed services were among the most strongly affected.
▪ Congress's armed services committee recently allocated US$180 million to support research work.
▪ Aspin, 54, had been chair of the House armed services committee for seven years.
▪ In addition there are often separate intelligence-gathering sections in each armed service.
▪ This fact questions any easy assumption about a necessary elitist coincidence of interest amongst the armed services.
▪ In deaf clubs and institutes throughout the country, there was also much fund-raising and knitting for the armed services.
▪ The hangar was used to service and prepare parachutes for the armed services.
▪ The vehicle was preceded by a contingent of drummers, with armed soldiers riding on each side.
▪ There were women and priests among them, and a battle with armed soldiers was not what any of them had planned.
▪ An armed soldier, a member of the Taman guard, flagged them down at the barrier.
▪ On one occasion a jeep in which she was travelling was hi-jacked by a group of armed soldiers.
▪ He called on them to abandon their armed struggle.
▪ This is a crusading, flamboyant Marxism, emphasising the role of the supposedly heroic and glamorous armed struggle.
▪ There are times when armed struggle is necessary.
▪ The duty of the people of the West Bank was to await liberation through armed struggle.
▪ Schools and other infrastructure had been destroyed and society disrupted during the armed struggle.
▪ But when are things like self-defense and armed struggle justified?
▪ In response the tribal people formed a solidarity association with an armed wing, Shanti Bahini.
▪ Santapaola allegedly headed the armed wing of the Mafia.
the armed forces
▪ A new government minister is now responsible for the armed forces.
▪ Measures will be taken to help modernize the country's armed forces.
▪ a group of heavily armed soldiers
▪ Over £60,000 worth of jewellery has been stolen by an armed gang in north London.
▪ The men were masked and armed with machine guns.
▪ The prisoners were kept under armed guard.
▪ The two men may be armed, and should not be approached by members of the public.
▪ And with the police and most of the armed forces behind me, I was able to stop Ngune from seizing power.
▪ Aspects of the revolt gave further illustration of the unreliable loyalty of sections of the armed forces.
▪ He says he was captured by armed police and was probably planning an armed robbery.
▪ Nor was government aid to the landlord restricted to armed assistance.
▪ Soon after the coup, Reza Khan became minister of war and defacto commander in chief of the armed forces.
▪ These Protocols restated, and in several important respects developed, the laws of armed conflict.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Arm \Arm\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Armed; p. pr. & vb. n. Arming.] [OE. armen, F. armer, fr. L. armare, fr. arma, pl., arms. See arms.]

  1. To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms. [Obs.]

    And make him with our pikes and partisans A grave: come, arm him.

    Arm your prize; I know you will not lose him.
    --Two N. Kins.

  2. To furnish with arms or limbs. [R.]

    His shoulders broad and strong, Armed long and round.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  3. To furnish or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to arm soldiers; to arm the country.

    Abram . . . armed his trained servants.
    --Gen. xiv. 1

  4. 4. To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency; as, to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling.

  5. Fig.: To furnish with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.

    Arm yourselves . . . with the same mind.
    --1 Pet. iv. 1.

    To arm a magnet, to fit it with an armature.


Armed \Armed\, a.

  1. Furnished with weapons of offense or defense; furnished with the means of security or protection. ``And armed host.''

  2. Furnished with whatever serves to add strength, force, or efficiency.

    A distemper eminently armed from heaven.
    --De Foe.

  3. (Her.) Having horns, beak, talons, etc; -- said of beasts and birds of prey.

    Armed at all points (Blazoning), completely incased in armor, sometimes described as armed cap-[`a]-pie.

    Armed en flute. (Naut.) See under Flute.

    Armed magnet, a magnet provided with an armature.

    Armed neutrality. See under Neutrality.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"equipped for battle," early 13c., past participle adjective from arm (v.).


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context sometimes in combination English) equip, especially with a weapon. 2 (context of a weapon English) prepare for use; loaded. 3 (context obsolete English) Furnished with whatever serves to add strength, force, or efficiency. v

  2. (en-past of: arm) Etymology 2

    a. 1 (context chiefly in combination English) Having an arm or arms, often of a specified number or type. 2 (context heraldry of horns, teeth, beaks, et

  3. English) Coloured in a different tincture from the beast or bird itself.

  1. adj. (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms; "armed robbery" [ant: unarmed]

  2. having arms or arms as specified; used especially in combination; "the many-armed goddess Shiva" [ant: armless]

  3. used of plants and animals [ant: unarmed]


Armed (May, 1941–1964) was an American Thoroughbred gelding race horse.

Armed (village)

Armed(pronounced "arr-umm-n-d", also spelt Aroumd, Around, Arempt) is a small Berber village in the Ait Mizane Valley of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Its population is around 1,900. Its altitude is 1900 m above sea level. Armed is 40 minutes' walk up the valley from [Imlil], and is quieter and seen as more traditional. Armed is the highest village in the Ait Mizane Valley and so forms a good base for summitting Mount [Toubkal], the highest peak in North Africa. The route into Toubkal passes by Armed which is in Toubkal National Park.

Village life is organised primarily by the Association pour le Developpement d'Armed, which is a charity formed by the elders of the village. Recent projects have included resurfacing and widening the mountain roads, and getting electricity and running water to all the houses in the village.

Usage examples of "armed".

And withal they saw men all armed coming from out the High House, who went down to the Bridge and abode there.

And there were problems with these votes, since the Sem-inole County Canvassing Board had allowed Republican Party volunteers to fill in missing data on absentee-ballot applications completed by registered Republicansa violation of Florida lawand many overseas absentee ballots from members of the armed forces lacked the postmarks required by law.

United States, might not, without any special authority for that purpose, in the then existing state of things, have empowered the officers commanding the armed vessels of the United States, to seize and send into port for adjudication, American vessels which were forfeited by being engaged in this illicit commerce.

Without depending on prayers or miracles, he boldly armed against the public enemy, and his pastoral letters admonished the Italians of their danger and their duty.

Again and again he had seen Castle Aldaran under siege, arrows flying, armed men striking, lightnings aflare and striking down on the keep.

Hector ranged on, now flaring along the front, now shouting his orders back toward the rear, all of him armed in bronze aflash like lightning flung by Father Zeus with his battle-shield of thunder.

They were maras, a sort of agouti, a little larger than their congeners of tropical countries, regular American rabbits, with long ears, jaws armed on each side with five molars, which distinguish the agouti.

Also we of the Amapakati, the council, were there, and ranged round the fence of the space, armed with short sticks only--not with kerries, my father--was that regiment of young men which Dingaan had not sent away, the captain of the regiment being stationed near to the king, on the right.

In the space of just a few minutes she had seen ten armed men carrying suitcases, a sable-garbed woman with two steel hooks for hands, and now a diamond-studded blond followed by a hulking, apish brute of a man.

Hence, while he has endeavored truly to depict--or to let those who made history at the time help him to depict--the enormity of the offence of the armed Rebellion and of the heresies and plottings of certain Southern leaders precipitating it, yet not one word will be found, herein, condemnatory of those who, with manly candor, soldierly courage, and true patriotism, acknowledged that error when the ultimate arbitrament of the sword had decided against them.

The arquebusiers poured their fire into them as they crossed the moat, and then fell back behind their comrades, who were armed with pike and sword.

He had a tolerably large escort: two hundred Hebrian arquebusiers and swordsmen and eighty heavy cavalry armed with lances and paired matchlock pistols.

In the spring of 1930 three young lieutenants, Ludin, Scheringer and Wendt, of the garrison at Ulm were arrested for spreading Nazi doctrines in the Army and for trying to induce their fellow officers to agree that in the case of an armed Nazi revolt they would not fire on the rebels.

Alexander ascended his tribunal, and with a modest firmness represented to the armed multitude the absolute necessity, as well as his inflexible resolution, of correcting the vices introduced by his impure predecessor, and of maintaining the discipline, which could not be relaxed without the ruin of the Roman name and empire.

He saw guards, relaxed though in uniform, armed only with holstered pistols, an officer, and one man in overalls, incongruous as a plumber might have been in those aseptic surroundings.