militarize

[mil-i-tuh-rahyz]

verb (used with object), mil·i·ta·rized, mil·i·ta·riz·ing.

to equip with armed forces, military supplies, or the like.
to make military.
to imbue with militarism.

Nearby words

  1. militantly,
  2. militaria,
  3. militarism,
  4. militarist,
  5. militaristic,
  6. militarized,
  7. military,
  8. military academy,
  9. military attaché,
  10. military brush

Also especially British, mil·i·ta·rise.

Origin of militarize

First recorded in 1875–80; militar(y) + -ize

Related formsmil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, nounre·mil·i·ta·ri·za·tion, nounre·mil·i·ta·rize, verb (used with object), re·mil·i·ta·rized, re·mil·i·ta·riz·ing.un·mil·i·ta·rized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for remilitarize

militarize

militarise

verb (tr)

to convert to military use
to imbue with militarism
Derived Formsmilitarization or militarisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for remilitarize

remilitarize

v.

1920, originally of Soviet Russia, from re- + militarize. Related: remilitarized; remilitarizing.

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