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plural noun

military, naval, and air forces, especially of a nation or of a number of nations.

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Also called armed services.

Origin of armed forces

First recorded in 1685–95
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armed forces

pl n

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