verb (used with object), mil·i·ta·rized, mil·i·ta·riz·ing.

to equip with armed forces, military supplies, or the like.
to make military.
to imbue with militarism.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of militarization

Historical Examples of militarization

  • 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."


    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



verb (tr)

to convert to military use
to imbue with militarism
Derived Formsmilitarization or militarisation, noun
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