militate

[ mil-i-teyt ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), mil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·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.

Origin of militate

1615–25; < Latin mīlitātus (past participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

mil·i·ta·tion, noun

Can be confused

militate mitigate (see usage note at mitigate)

Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for militate

militate

/ (ˈmɪlɪˌteɪt) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

militation, noun

Word Origin for militate

C17: from Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitāre to be a soldier

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