- to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
- to be a soldier.
- to fight for a belief.
Origin of militate
Examples from the Web for militate
Should he be restored to Rome, would it militate against thy plans?Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
This seems occasionally to militate against the clearness of the work.The Translations of Beowulf
Chauncey Brewster Tinker
But their having been already in print will militate against them.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
The fact did not militate against his own story, in the least.Corleone
F. Marion Crawford
But there are circumstances that militate against this hypothesis.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
- (intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effectthe evidence militated against his release
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.