military

adjective
mil·​i·​tary | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē \

Definition of military 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to soldiers, arms, or war military discipline the country's military needs
b : of or relating to armed forces especially : of or relating to ground or sometimes ground and air forces as opposed to naval forces military and naval affairs
2a : performed or made by armed forces military operations
b : supported by armed force a military government
3 : of or relating to the army the military academy at West Point

military

noun
plural military also militaries

Definition of military (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : military persons especially : army officers

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Synonyms & Antonyms for military

Synonyms: Adjective

martial, service

Synonyms: Noun

armed forces, colors, service, troops

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmilitary

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Examples of military in a Sentence

Adjective

He is being tried in a military court rather than in a civilian court. He has had a long military career.

Noun

There were many military present but only a few civilians. some would insist that the military's budget is still inadequate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ellen Haring, who is advocate for the women in the military and the CEO of Service Women's Action Network, pointed out in a statement to NBC News that all other military services have coed training units—and have for years. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "An All-Female Marine Platoon Will Finally Train Alongside Men at Boot Camp," 5 Jan. 2019 That included a series of posts from the Burmese military so inflammatory that, by the year’s end, Facebook had banned 60 accounts connected to government officials. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 The decision resurrected questions about how the military treats detainees and how soldiers should conduct themselves in places where lethal danger is ever present. Taimoor Shah, The Seattle Times, "Trump to ‘review’ case of Green Beret accused of murdering Afghan," 16 Dec. 2018 The bombers will undertake military exercises with the Venezuelan military. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Strategic Nuclear Bombers Fly to Venezuela for Exercises," 11 Dec. 2018 Yeah, the entire world, at every level, every business, every organization, every military operation, every plan, everything, is the equivalent of a six power strips plugged into one power strip that's plugged into the wall. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "Transgender People Fought Back Against Trump's Gender-Definition Memo in a Powerful Rally," 22 Oct. 2018 The military mandated the use of burn pits as a matter of military judgment. Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Veterans facing new obstacle after appeal is denied in burn pit case," 2 Oct. 2018 My dad always told me stories about having to move every two to three years and of all the sacrifices military families make and that helped me to understand what Buffy was feeling when her mom returned home. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The Stars of "Andi Mack" Share All Their Favorite Moments from Season 2," 13 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ellen Haring, who is advocate for the women in the military and the CEO of Service Women's Action Network, pointed out in a statement to NBC News that all other military services have coed training units—and have for years. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "An All-Female Marine Platoon Will Finally Train Alongside Men at Boot Camp," 5 Jan. 2019 And the Prince, who is no stranger to a heart-pumping workout, having spent a decade in the military, is a regular in the gym, likely due in part to the influence of his fit wife. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Yesterday’s movements can teach us who is still in power today — the police and military, who work in collaboration with local governments — and how they can be used as a state tool against today’s movements. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How the Democratic National Convention Has Been Protested Against in the Last 50 Years," 28 Aug. 2018 Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Cyprus today visiting military personnel ahead of the holidays, and although their children didn't tag along, the couple was sure to share stories about them during the trip. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Says Prince Louis Is Practicing His Royal Wave," 5 Dec. 2018 The tech industry’s cooperation with the U.S. military and law enforcement has become increasingly tense over the last year, with employees at companies like Google and Amazon pushing back against government contracts. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘I don’t think Amazon understands how close they are to blowing themselves up’," 29 Nov. 2018 Pterodo, also known as Pteradon, is associated with the Gamaredon threat group, a group of attacks based largely on off-the-shelf software that have focused on Ukrainian military and government targets. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ukraine detects new Pterodo backdoor malware, warns of Russian cyberattack," 20 Nov. 2018 Research tells us that military and veteran caregivers experience more health problems, depression, legal challenges, debt, strain in family relationships, and workplace difficulties than non-caregivers. Sonia Yulfo, Marie Claire, "My Dad Was Injured in Afghanistan. Now I Take Care of Him Full-Time," 12 Nov. 2018 Active duty members of the military can gain entry by registering between March 6 and 11, 2019. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of military

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for military

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Latin militaris, from milit-, miles soldier

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military

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of military

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to soldiers or the armed forces (such as the army, navy, marines, and air force)

: of or relating to the army

: controlled or supported by armed forces

military

noun

English Language Learners Definition of military (Entry 2 of 2)

: members of the armed forces : military people

military

adjective
mil·​i·​tary | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē \

Kids Definition of military

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to soldiers, the army, or war military drills
2 : carried on by soldiers : supported by armed forces a military government

military

noun
plural military

Kids Definition of military (Entry 2 of 2)

: members of the armed forces

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