Definition of armed forces in English:

armed forces

(also armed services)

plural noun

  • A country's military forces, especially its army, navy, and air force.

    • ‘By executive order, President Truman outlawed the separation of races in the armed services.’
    • ‘When the war started many young men enlisted in the armed forces and the merchant marines.’
    • ‘In the regular armed forces of all the combatant powers women remained a small minority.’
    • ‘Furthermore, our armed services and other security forces need to know how the enemy is trained, otherwise how can we stop them?’
    • ‘DLA encouraged the armed services to submit their requirements early to ensure that all needs were met.’
    • ‘I am married and come from a family with a history of service in the armed forces.’
    • ‘Even as military operations grew more complex, support for the armed services continued to hold steady.’
    • ‘Today we see the growing importance of joint staffs in western armed forces.’
    • ‘In his Christmas message to the armed services, Mr Blair apologised for the continuing uncertainty over military action.’
    • ‘Regulars from the three armed services medical corps will also be able to go there for field hospital training.’
    • ‘A US government source said Muhammad served more than a decade in the armed services and was an Army mechanic in a combat support unit.’
    • ‘We deploy the only armed forces who are required to pay UK income tax while on operations overseas.’
    • ‘The will and courage of the men and women of the armed services are the most effective weapon we will ever have.’
    • ‘The armed forces consist of a small army and a police force with six hundred members.’
    • ‘The ceremony was attended by top brass representing all the armed services, including the military's new leadership.’
    • ‘Others were recruited when applying for posts in the armed forces or the Civil Service.’
    • ‘Proper logistic outsourcing permits the armed services to focus on their respective core competencies.’
    • ‘Special Forces are found in all branches of the armed services, even the Air Force.’
    • ‘Members of the battle staff formed seven operational teams and represented all branches of the armed services.’
    • ‘As soldiers, we are members of the armed services, not the social services.’

Pronunciation:

armed forces

/ˌärmd ˈfôrsəz/