armed forces

plural noun

Definition of armed forces

: the combined military, naval, and air forces of a nation

called also armed services

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Recent Examples on the Web Between 1980 and 1992, families here were regularly harassed by the armed forces, and soldiers killed some 500 unarmed civilians in the La Quesera massacre in 1981. Caterina Morbiato, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2022 Images released by Ukrainian armed forces appear to show Russian tanks destroyed along a dirt track by the river. Patrick Galey, NBC News, 12 May 2022 In halls the size of airplane hangars, mechanics and technicians at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann currently work just one flexible shift, updating and repairing tanks and armored vehicles used by the armed forces of 19 countries. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Mothers trapped in the tunnels deep under the Mariupol Azovstal steel plant have pleaded for an evacuation route to be opened for them and their children in a video posted Saturday by Ukrainian armed forces. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Perhaps even more useful for Kyiv than Egypt's sizable fleet of modern MiG-29s would be its advanced S-300VM batteries, also procured in the last decade, which are more advanced than the S-300s currently fielded by the Ukrainian armed forces. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Novosibirsk council member Helga Pirogova was charged with disseminating false information about Russia's armed forces and could face up to three years in prison if convicted. Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 Secretary of State Antony Blinken called his Ukrainian counterpart and assured Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of the importance the U.S. attaches to ensuring accountability for atrocities committed by Russia’s armed forces. Hari Raj, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 But the Ukrainian armed forces’ southern command specified that the Russians deliberately were using the S-300s in a land-attack role. David Axe, Forbes, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of armed forces

1625, in the meaning defined above

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armed forces

noun plural

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: the military, naval, and air forces of a nation

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