mil·​i·​ta·​rize | \ ˈmi-lə-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce militarize (audio) \
militarized; militarizing

Definition of militarize

transitive verb

1 : to give a military character to
2 : to equip with military forces and defenses
3 : to adapt for military use

Other Words from militarize

militarization \ ˌmi-​lə-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce militarize (audio) \ noun

Examples of militarize in a Sentence

militarize a country's foreign policy
Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, China has disavowed a UN tribunal ruling dismissing its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, while continuing to militarize its positions there and harass other claimants. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 This is Trump suggesting, again, that the Biden administration should militarize our southern border. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 Smarter-than-human A.I. and the need to militarize A.I. are being proselytized as inevitable. Wendell Wallach, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 In 1960, after seven years set at two-minutes to midnight at the height of the Cold War, the Doomsday Clock was set back one minute, in part thanks to the Antarctic Treaty, which saw twelve nations agree not to militarize the southern continent. Michael Del Castillo, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 In recent years, Beijing has moved to militarize a number of manmade islands throughout the vast waterway in an effort to consolidate its claims, which overlap with several other nations, including the Philippines and Vietnam. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Ukrainian authorities say massive construction projects launched by Russia in Crimea seek to militarize the peninsula., 22 Aug. 2021 Ukrainian authorities say massive construction projects launched by Russia in Crimea seek to militarize the peninsula. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 For all his martial rhetoric, Kennedy was no more willing to militarize space than Eisenhower had been. Jeff Shesol, WSJ, 29 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of militarize

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Militarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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