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  1. [ɑ͟ː(r)m]



    1. N-COUNT Your arms are the two long parts of your body that are attached to your shoulders and that have your hands at the end.

    2. N-COUNT The arm of a piece of clothing is the part of it that covers your arm.

    3. N-COUNT The arm of a chair is the part on which you rest your arm when you are sitting down.

    4. N-COUNT: usu N of n An arm of an object is a long thin part of it that sticks out from the main part.

    5. N-COUNT: usu N of n An arm of land or water is a long thin area of it that is joined to a broader area.

    6. N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N of n An arm of an organization is a section of it that operates in a particular country or that deals with a particular activity.

    7. PHRASE: usu v PHR, oft PHR with n If two people are walking arm in arm, they are walking together with their arms linked.

    8. PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that something costs an arm and a leg, you mean that it is very expensive. [INFORMAL]

    9. PHRASE: usu PHR after v If you hold something at arm's length, you hold it away from your body with your arm straight.

    10. PHRASE If you keep someone at arm's length, you avoid becoming too friendly or involved with them.

    11. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that a list is as long as your arm, you are emphasizing that it is very long. [INFORMAL]

    12. PHRASE: PHR after v (approval) If you welcome some action or change with open arms, you are very pleased about it. If you welcome a person with open arms you are very pleased about their arrival.

    13. PHRASE: V and N inflect If you twist someone's arm, you persuade them to do something. [INFORMAL]

  2. [ɑ͟ː(r)m]


    arms, arming, armed

    1. N-PLURAL: oft N n Arms are weapons, especially bombs and guns. [FORMAL]

    2. VERB If you arm someone with a weapon, you provide them with a weapon.

    3. VERB If you arm someone with something that will be useful in a particular situation, you provide them with it.

    4. N-PLURAL The arms of a city or of a noble family are its coat of arms. Arms is often used in the names of British pubs.

    5. See also armed, -armed, coat of arms, comrade-in-arms, small arms

    6. PHRASE: V inflects A person's right to bear arms is their right to own and use guns, as a means of defence.

    7. PHRASE: V inflects If soldiers lay down their arms, they stop fighting and give up their weapons. [OLD-FASHIONED]

    8. PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR against n If one group or country takes up arms against another, they prepare to attack and fight them.

    9. PHRASE If a country has people under arms, it has people trained to use weapons and to fight a war.

    10. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If people are up in arms about something, they are very angry about it and are protesting strongly against it.

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ɑ͟ː(r)mYour arms are the two long parts of your body that are attached to your shoulders and that have your hands at the end.Examples

She stretched her arms out...
He had a large parcel under his left arm.

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Word forms


Common casearmarms
Possessive casearm'sarms'


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)arming
Past Participle (Participle II)armed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I armwe arm
you armyou arm
he/she/it armsthey arm
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am armingwe are arming
you are armingyou are arming
he/she/it is armingthey are arming
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have armedwe have armed
you have armedyou have armed
he/she/it has armedthey have armed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been armingwe have been arming
you have been armingyou have been arming
he/she/it has been armingthey have been arming
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I armedwe armed
you armedyou armed
he/she/it armedthey armed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was armingwe were arming
you were armingyou were arming
he/she/it was armingthey were arming
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had armedwe had armed
you had armedyou had armed
he/she/it had armedthey had armed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been armingwe had been arming
you had been armingyou had been arming
he/she/it had been armingthey had been arming
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will armwe shall/will arm
you will armyou will arm
he/she/it will armthey will arm
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be armingwe shall/will be arming
you will be armingyou will be arming
he/she/it will be armingthey will be arming
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have armedwe shall/will have armed
you will have armedyou will have armed
he/she/it will have armedthey will have armed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been armingwe shall/will have been arming
you will have been armingyou will have been arming
he/she/it will have been armingthey will have been arming
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would armwe should/would arm
you would armyou would arm
he/she/it would armthey would arm
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be armingwe should/would be arming
you would be armingyou would be arming
he/she/it would be armingthey would be arming
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have armedwe should/would have armed
you would have armedyou would have armed
he/she/it would have armedthey would have armed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been armingwe should/would have been arming
you would have been armingyou would have been arming
he/she/it would have been armingthey would have been arming
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am armedwe are armed
you are armedyou are armed
he/she/it is armedthey are armed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being armedwe are being armed
you are being armedyou are being armed
he/she/it is being armedthey are being armed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been armedwe have been armed
you have been armedyou have been armed
he/she/it has been armedthey have been armed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was armedwe were armed
you were armedyou were armed
he/she/it was armedthey were armed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being armedwe were being armed
you were being armedyou were being armed
he/she/it was being armedthey were being armed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been armedwe had been armed
you had been armedyou had been armed
he/she/it had been armedthey had been armed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be armedwe shall/will be armed
you will be armedyou will be armed
he/she/it will be armedthey will be armed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been armedwe shall/will have been armed
you will have been armedyou will have been armed
he/she/it will have been armedthey will have been armed