Definition of militarize in English:


(also militarise)


  • 1 Give (something, especially an organization) a military character.

    ‘militarized police forces’
    • ‘There has also been a heavily militarized aspect of the response.’
    • ‘While pretending to create a kind of police force, he militarized his formations and transformed them into a professional military body.’
    • ‘A common method for totalitarian regimes to maintain control is to militarize society and set it on a constant war footing.’
    • ‘They became further militarized by the political parties who then began to use them to protect political events.’
    • ‘It has militarized our economy, undermined our own liberties and eroded our democratic rights.’
    • ‘On the one hand, it is a highly militarised society in which the army plays a central role.’
    • ‘The fact that none of the officers involved appears to have had any qualms with participating in this sordid affair speaks volumes about the degree to which the nation's police forces have been militarized.’
    • ‘This division of the national police is acquiring an increasingly militarized profile, as it takes over forced eradication tasks in territories where war is being waged.’
    • ‘Recent events have shown just how militarized - and deadly - our civilian police forces have become.’
    • ‘Police have become militarized and now turn on us the high-tech weaponry and communication systems used to defeat foreign enemies.’
    1. 1.1Equip or supply (a place) with soldiers and other military resources.
      ‘a militarized security zone’
      • ‘By far the greatest effect will be the intimidation factor of living in areas that will almost certainly remain obviously militarized until early November.’
      • ‘And so it was that they found themselves in one of the many militarized zones of the city.’
      • ‘The sealed-off, disfigured, and newly militarized spaces of the New York through which I have always loved to wander at all hours seemed to have been put beyond reach for the duration.’
      • ‘I heard people laughing and cheering far away, glad to be rid of some people who had militarised their land.’
      • ‘The last thing this stupid species needs is more guns, and the last thing we need to do is militarize space.’
      • ‘Allowing genocide undermines regional and international stability, creates militarized refugees, and signals dictators that hate and murder are permissible tools of statecraft.’
      • ‘In the heavily militarized urban areas, a virtual war psychosis existed.’
      • ‘During the civil war the country was highly militarized, with 32,000 soldiers.’
      • ‘So what does peace mean in this savage, corporatised, militarised world?’
      • ‘Had I gone to the North a dozen years earlier, I would certainly have encountered soldiers and checkpoints in Europe's most heavily militarized rural area.’
      • ‘One of the more overused statements - bordering on myth - in discussions of the current state of military space is that space has been militarized but not yet weaponized.’
      • ‘It's a way to militarize space without alarming anyone.’