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.

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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

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OTHER WORDS FROM militate

mil·i·ta·tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH militate

militate mitigate (see usage note at mitigate)
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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 of militate

militation, noun

Word Origin for militate

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

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