Definition of military in English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces:

    ‘the build-up of military activity’
    ‘he organized his shows with military precision’
    • ‘This part of the country was also well represented in the other military services.’
    • ‘The issue of military service did not matter to the same extent in Great Britain.’
    • ‘Since it was reopened last week, the site has resembled a military base during wartime.’
    • ‘His success at a military level all but guaranteed the loyalty of his soldiers.’
    • ‘Confident in their military prowess, they preferred to try the arbitrament of war.’
    • ‘The military patrols have been increased lately, so we are trying to avoid those areas.’
    • ‘The difficulty here is that resource strength does not always lead to military victory.’
    • ‘His military expertise and amiability helped to keep the crusading army together.’
    • ‘Could it be that a trade association run by bankers would adopt a military strategy of its own?’
    • ‘When land was held by feudal tenure, military service was due from a tenant to his lord.’
    • ‘His concern was simply to bring his military service to a conclusion as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘He suffered from poor eyesight so he was not fit for military service during the war.’
    • ‘Your task is that of a military tactician, who must guide a group of characters into battle.’
    • ‘Some may argue that voicing opposition to war in a military town is somehow disrespectful.’
    • ‘As Guzman now says, a military crime is when a soldier deserts, or falls asleep on duty.’
    • ‘Men from the regiment gave military displays and demonstrated how to load muskets.’
    • ‘Under the clan system they were pressed into feudal military service by their clan chiefs.’
    • ‘In the current war, virtual warfare has become an explicit part of military strategy.’
    • ‘Like the looming military campaign, few expect the legal fight to be short or easy.’
    • ‘There was very little formal structure by way of military rank in Viking armies.’
    fighting, service, army, armed, defence, warrior, soldierly, soldier-like, martial
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  • The armed forces of a country:

    ‘as a young man he joined the military and pursued a career in the Army’
    ‘most militaries remain subordinate to civilian authorities’
    • ‘People now have a great deal of self confidence and we're not scared by the military.’
    • ‘The regime itself used the military to achieve power and has long been aware of the danger it poses.’
    • ‘My husband left home in February after eight years of inactive service to the military.’
    • ‘Are you suggesting that the military is the only reason that we have civil rights and freedoms?’
    • ‘The largest problem in the Meiji system was the absence of any checks or balances on the military.’
    • ‘It shows workers discussing what they should do as the military prepares for the coup.’
    • ‘Conservatives will probably whine about the film painting the military in a bad light.’
    • ‘There is growing impatience in Washington at the failure of the military to capture him.’
    • ‘They even got the military to finish the road because the workers were lazy and slow.’
    • ‘The officers in the military had to be educated or this would never be achieved.’
    • ‘These frequencies get filtered based on what the military deems is right and wrong.’
    • ‘Since the demise of the Soviet Union many of us in the military have pondered what or who was our main enemy.’
    • ‘There was certainly no way they would maintain the proud traditions of the military.’
    • ‘We can't allow that to happen, and there are so many like me in the military who feel this way.’
    • ‘The town of Woolwich has been shaped by the presence of the military over hundreds of years.’
    • ‘I only distrust it in the sense that the military doesn't report to the people like it should.’
    • ‘Although the coup was unsuccessful, it led to the assumption of power by the military.’
    • ‘Having set itself up to do so, it has nothing critical to say about war or the military.’
    • ‘The town had been taken by a rebel group and the military was trying to clear them out.’
    • ‘They are operated by civilians who don't have the first idea what the military is about.’
    armed forces, army, forces, services, militia, soldiery
    navy, air force, marines, special forces
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Late Middle English: from French militaire or Latin militaris, from miles, milit- soldier.