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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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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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