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armed forces

plural noun
military, naval, and air forces, especially of a nation or of a number of nations.
Also called armed services.
Origin of armed forces
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • While I keep your armed forces busy, she will knock at the door of your house.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • There are a full billion men and women in our armed forces, you can be spared.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Not likely—But you see, Willis, the Huks have had armed forces for a long time.

    A Matter of Importance William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There were men in uniforms which were not of the United States armed forces.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • Why not seek pardon and serve with the armed forces of this province?

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for armed forces

armed forces

plural noun
the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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