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militarize

[mil-i-tuh-rahyz]
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verb (used with object), mil·i·ta·rized, mil·i·ta·riz·ing.
  1. to equip with armed forces, military supplies, or the like.
  2. to make military.
  3. to imbue with militarism.
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Also especially British, mil·i·ta·rise.

Origin of militarize

First recorded in 1875–80; militar(y) + -ize
Related formsmil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, nounre·mil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, nounre·mil·i·ta·rize, verb (used with object), re·mil·i·ta·rized, re·mil·i·ta·riz·ing.un·mil·i·ta·rized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is just for this reason that we speak of the militarization of labor.

  • The tradesmen kept it down, and the Island was saved by them from militarization.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • In a similar way we should not deplore "the militarization of the populations."

    Bolshevism

    John Spargo

  • This militarization of the schools has been characterized even by some parts of the bourgeoisie as a questionable act.

  • The Mensheviks attacked not only the militarization of labor, but general labor service also.


British Dictionary definitions for militarization

militarize

militarise

verb (tr)
  1. to convert to military use
  2. to imbue with militarism
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Derived Formsmilitarization or militarisation, noun
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