[ mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i /
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of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life.
of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness.
of or relating to soldiers.
befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing.
following the life of a soldier: a military career.
performed by soldiers: military duty.
noun, plural mil·i·tar·ies, mil·i·tar·y.
- the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
- military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.
OTHER WORDS FOR military
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Origin of military
1575–85; <Latin mīlitāri(s), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -āris-ary
OTHER WORDS FROM military
mil·i·tar·i·ly [mil-i-tair-uh-lee, mil-i-ter-uh-lee], /ˌmɪl ɪˈtɛər ə li, ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr ə li/, adverbmil·i·tar·i·ness, nounan·ti·mil·i·tar·y, adjectivenon·mil·i·tar·y, adjective
pre·mil·i·tar·y, adjectivepro·mil·i·tar·y, adjectivepseu·do·mil·i·tar·i·ly, adverbpseu·do·mil·i·tar·y, adjectivequa·si-mil·i·tar·y, adjectivesu·per·mil·i·tar·y, adjective, nounun·mil·i·tar·i·ly, adverbun·mil·i·tar·y, adjective
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How to use military in a sentence
But the two foreign militaries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are not talking to one another.U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other|Eli Lake|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Jewish state is one of four that let U.S. citizens in their militaries.1,000 Americans Are Serving in the Israeli Army and They Aren’t Alone|Chris Allbritton|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The responsibility of fighting al Qaeda would be left mostly to the Afghan and Pakistani militaries.Obama’s Counterterror Plan Has New Doubters: His Own Generals and Spies|Josh Rogin, Kimberly Dozier|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Given the reality of their respective militaries looking at diminished sources of manpower, this is essential.Israel Needs Better War Technology|Lloyd Green|July 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He noted that none of the militaries of the former Soviet republics could withstand a full-scale Russian invasion.What to Do When Russia Invades Your Country|Eli Lake|May 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That's what all these pacifists and anti-militaries are arguing, though they don't let on to that.The Wrong Twin|Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for military
/ (ˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /
of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
noun plural -taries or -tary
the military the armed services (esp the army)
Derived forms of militarymilitarily, adverb
Word Origin for military
C16: via French from Latin mīlitāris, from mīles soldier
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