military, naval, and air forces, especially of a nation or of a number of nations.
- Also called armed services.
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How to use armed forces in a sentence
Major General Jean Kahwaji of the Lebanese armed forces recently declared an “open-ended war” with the militants.
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
“We stress that such a system, even in theory, is not part of armament of the armed forces of Ukraine,” said Lysenko.
“The president still has not appointed a chief of staff for the armed forces,” said Nemira.Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side | Anna Nemtsova | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A lot of them joined the Canadian or British armed forces early.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat | Michael Weiss | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The regular troops, the constabulary, and other armed forces combined were unable to exterminate brigandage.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
It is supposed never to have sustained an attack by armed forces and its present condition is due to neglect and decay.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
I call on all loyal members of the armed forces to resist the mutineers actively, and to support their Commander.Greylorn | John Keith Laumer
Through the disputed land the armed forces marched; on, on, into the undisputed territory of the Indians.Four American Indians | Edson L. Whitney
The armed forces of both belligerents lie at the outset within their respective frontiers.Naval Warfare | James R. Thursfield
British Dictionary definitions for armed forces
the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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