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militate

[ mil-i-teyt ]
/ 藞m瑟l 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used without object), mil路i路tat路ed, mil路i路tat路ing.
to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
Obsolete.
  1. to be a soldier.
  2. to fight for a belief.
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Origin of militate

First recorded in 1615鈥25; from Latin m墨lit膩tus (past participle of m墨lit膩re 鈥渢o serve as a soldier鈥), equivalent to m墨lit- (stem of m墨les ) 鈥渟oldier鈥 + -膩tus verb suffix; see -ate1

words often confused with militate

See mitigate.

OTHER WORDS FROM militate

mil路i路ta路tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH militate

militate , mitigate (see confusables note at mitigate)
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British Dictionary definitions for militate

militate
/ (藞m瑟l瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb
(intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effectthe evidence militated against his release

Derived forms of militate

militation, noun

Word Origin for militate

C17: from Latin m墨lit膩tus, from m墨lit膩re to be a soldier

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