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 Neither Doe nor her husband were in the U.S. armed forces in 2019. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin mom sues Trump, IRS, over her exclusion from COVID-19 stimulus check program," 7 May 2020 Later in 2019, an unnamed Russian official told RIA Novosti that the armed forces would use ground robots in urban street battles as early as 2020, building on experience that the military gained in Syria. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Says It's on the Brink of Robot Warfare," 7 May 2020 The discussion will center on how the U.S. armed forces will ensure readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic and the investments needed to fight the wars of the future, according to Brookings. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Taliban conduct deadly bombing in Afghanistan as Pentagon defends keeping violence data secret," 4 May 2020 Another 2m may have gone in April, a drop rivalling the record decline in employment that occurred in 1945, as America’s armed forces demobilised. The Economist, "Free exchange Why the unemployed in America could face a lost decade," 2 May 2020 Calls for the army to deliver justice echo across Tripoli even as demonstrators hurl stones, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at the armed forces. Tariq Keblaoui, CNN, "How a Lebanese city was pushed over the edge," 2 May 2020 There are legal limits on what the armed forces can do on U.S. soil, and there aren’t unlimited personnel or supplies. Vincenzo Bollettino, The Conversation, "How the US military could help fight the coronavirus outbreak," 27 Apr. 2020 Still, the cemetery did its best under the circumstances, arranging for two members of the armed forces to perform a military ceremony on April 20. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "One Hundred Years After Influenza Killed His Twin Brother, WWII Veteran Dies of COVID-19," 27 Apr. 2020 The police and armed forces must prioritize safeguarding their lives, those of their companions and of honest citizens. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "El Salvador authorizes use of "lethal force" against gang members during pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of armed forces

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Armed forces.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of armed forces

: the military organizations (such as the army, navy, and air force) of a country

armed forces

noun plural

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

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