Military meaning

mĭlĭ-tĕrē
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The definition of military is the armed forces responsible for securing and defending a country.

The Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are an example of the branches in the US military.

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Of, characteristic of, for, fit for, or done by soldiers or the armed forces.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of members of the armed forces.

A military bearing; military attire.

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Of, for, or fit for war.
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Armed forces.

A country ruled by the military.

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Of or relating to land forces.
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Armed forces.

He spent six years in the military.

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(US, with the) U.S. armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps.

It's not the job of the military to make policy.

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Of the army, as distinguished from the navy.
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Of or relating to war.

Military operations.

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The armed forces; military personnel collectively.
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Characteristic of members of the armed forces.

Chelsea Manning was dishonorably discharged from all military duties.

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Relating to war.
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Relating to armies or ground forces.
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Performed or supported by the armed forces.

Military service.

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Members, especially officers, of an armed force.
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A nation's military establishment.
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(North America) Relating to armed forces such as the army, marines, navy and air force (often as distinguished from civilians or police forces).

If you join a military force, you may end up killing people.

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Origin of military

  • Middle English from Latin mīlitāris from mīles mīlit- soldier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French militaire, from Latin mÄ«litārius, from mÄ«litis (“soldier").

    From Wiktionary