Definition of militarize in US English:


(British militarise)


[with object]often as adjective militarized
  • 1Give (something, especially an organization) a military character or style.

    ‘militarized police forces’
    • ‘A common method for totalitarian regimes to maintain control is to militarize society and set it on a constant war footing.’
    • ‘Police have become militarized and now turn on us the high-tech weaponry and communication systems used to defeat foreign enemies.’
    • ‘While pretending to create a kind of police force, he militarized his formations and transformed them into a professional military body.’
    • ‘Recent events have shown just how militarized - and deadly - our civilian police forces have become.’
    • ‘There has also been a heavily militarized aspect of the response.’
    • ‘It has militarized our economy, undermined our own liberties and eroded our democratic rights.’
    • ‘They became further militarized by the political parties who then began to use them to protect political events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Equip or supply (a place) with soldiers and other military resources.
      ‘a militarized security zone’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And so it was that they found themselves in one of the many militarized zones of the city.’
      • ‘In the heavily militarized urban areas, a virtual war psychosis existed.’
      • ‘By far the greatest effect will be the intimidation factor of living in areas that will almost certainly remain obviously militarized until early November.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I heard people laughing and cheering far away, glad to be rid of some people who had militarised their land.’
      • ‘Allowing genocide undermines regional and international stability, creates militarized refugees, and signals dictators that hate and murder are permissible tools of statecraft.’
      • ‘During the civil war the country was highly militarized, with 32,000 soldiers.’
      • ‘So what does peace mean in this savage, corporatised, militarised world?’
      • ‘It's a way to militarize space without alarming anyone.’
      • ‘The last thing this stupid species needs is more guns, and the last thing we need to do is militarize space.’
      • ‘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.’