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, soldierly

Synonyms: Noun

armed forces, colors, service, troops

Antonyms: Adjective

unsoldierly

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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

The president opened the day by reviewing a private military exercise alongside May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 On Friday morning, he was taken to a military exercise in an attempt to show that Britain is tough on terrorism, followed by an afternoon meeting at Chequers. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "After disparaging his hosts, Trump meets with Theresa May," 13 July 2018 Failure to listen to military officials could result in fines or being taken in to custody. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Bayview Mackinac race, Air Force training exercise could collide," 13 July 2018 Among the largest military exercises are Korea Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, monthlong activities that consisted this year of 11,500 U.S. troops and 300,000 South Korean troops. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "‘War Games’ Trump Said Were Too Expensive Cost Less Than a Fighter Jet," 11 July 2018 The first Earl of Dumbarton was George Douglas, who was given the title in 1675 in recognition for his military service. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan All Have Different Titles in Scotland," 5 July 2018 He was met with resounding cheers, creating a deafening echo similar to the one created when the crowd rooted for graduates bound for military service. Alison Kuznitz, Courant Community, "Life Moves Fast As South Windsor High School Graduates 337 Seniors," 21 June 2018 His neighbors in upstate New York complain that his tract of land there sounds like a military-grade shooting range (perhaps ironic, given that he's appeared in a promotional video for a manufacturer of gun silencers). Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 Ten days later, an international rescue team of cave experts and Thai military personnel manage to reach the boys and begin a process of evacuating them along a long and difficult six-hour route. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Military Helped Support the Thai Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Considered disabled by the military, Sonia collects about $36,000 a year in benefits, a cushion that allowed her to get into the field and supplement her operations budget with fundraising. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 11 July 2018 Monthly memberships start at $69 for individuals with a $49 initiation fee, which is waived for the military, students and teachers. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 Panels will focus on topics including the border, the military, murder mysteries and the writing process. Olivia Ralph, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Olivia's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 There will be over 100 units including marching bands, dancers, horses and military, veteran, fire and police displays. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southern suburbs in July," 2 July 2018 In Baluchistan, near the border with Afghanistan, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bomb attack at a rally held by the Baluchistan Awami Party, which is seen as pro-military. Shaiq Hussain And Antonio Olivo, chicagotribune.com, "Pakistanis urge military to boost security after hundreds die in attacks before election," 14 July 2018 The military denied the accusations saying their assistance in carrying out the elections was requested by Pakistan's Election Commission. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 South Korean riot police break up a protest in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, near the U.S. military facility Camp Humphreys, on May 4, 2006. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 The military would have to be deployed to ensure transportation of essentials. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 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

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

Noun

see military entry 1

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More Definitions for military

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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