verb (used without object), mil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·ing.
- to be a soldier.
- to fight for a belief.
Origin of militate
Examples from the Web for militate
If Rose baked a cake for a wedding supper, this did not militate in the least against her eligibility as a guest of the occasion.Otherwise Phyllis|Meredith Nicholson
On the other hand, they in whose favor such attenuating circumstances do not militate, do the office of the demons.Explanation of Catholic Morals|John H. Stapleton
Why may not this be true in regard to the law which is said to militate against the doctrine of the blessed Eucharist?
The salmon had also entered the lake, and their presence is supposed to militate against good sport.Fishing in British Columbia|Thomas Wilson Lambert
This cardinal fact may militate greatly against Russia's position as a world-power in the future, as it has in the past.Essays on Russian Novelists|William Lyon Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for militate
Word Origin for militate
Word Origin and History for militate
1620s, "to serve as a soldier" (now rare), from Latin militatum, past participle of militare "serve as a soldier," from miles "soldier" (see military (adj.)). Sense developed via "conflict with," to "be evidence" for or against (1640s). Related: Militated; militating.