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

Punishments can include forfeiture of pay, extra duty, reduction in grade, confinement in military jail, bread and water or decreased food rations. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 At Kate and William's wedding, the pageboys and bridesmaids were also dressed in more traditional fashion, wearing white dresses and traditional British military jackets. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eugenie & Jack's Bridesmaids and Pageboys Wore Less Traditional Looks Than Meghan & Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 These are a collection of data centers in former military bases, remodeled fallout shelters, and other hard-to-reach locations. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "ProtonVPN review: Underground data centers, one-click multi-hop, and more make for a great choice," 4 Sep. 2018 The son and the grandson of four star admirals, John came from a family that prized military service. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 Waverider technology could still find its way into a hypersonic weapon, military officials have said. Mike Wall, Space.com, "US Air Force Zooms Ahead on 2 New Hypersonic Weapons Plans," 20 Aug. 2018 My father grew up on a military base and my grandfather served in the Air Force for over 20 years. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The Stars of "Andi Mack" Share All Their Favorite Moments from Season 2," 13 Aug. 2018 Trump told supporters at a campaign rally last month that 200 remains already had been returned, an assertion denied by U.S. military officials. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump releases 'nice note' from Kim Jong Un praising progress despite setbacks in talks," 12 July 2018 The use of American military and economic might to protect corporate interests has ample precedence of course. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Trump administration takes a bold stance against mother’s milk.," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The knowledge gleaned could be useful for future Mars missions or any large team reliant on real-time audio communication, like the military or emergency response teams. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, who is in charge of the US space agenda, has outlined a few ways the administration plans to prepare for a Space Force by creating new organizations within the military. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 After showing off his impressive Southern vocals, Buck dedicated his performance to his friend from the military who committed suicide. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mikele Buck's Elimination From 'The Voice' Sparks Controversy: 'I'm Truly Shocked'," 23 Oct. 2018 The President is trying to ban us from the military, and we're being killed in more numbers than ever before. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson Go Deep on Intersectional Feminism," 8 Oct. 2018 But military hardware aside, the base could be a suburban slice of Anytown U.S.A., laid over Pyeoungtaek’s rice paddies. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 Shania was a senior in high school who wanted to join the military and go to veterinary school, her mother said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "After one detective's failure, here's how CMPD is trying to solve teen girl's death," 5 July 2018 And there are few resources and programs targeted to veterans’ children, compared to children of active military. courant.com, "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018 In summer 2016, the minimum age to buy tobacco in the state increased from 18 to 21, with an exception for active duty military. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego sees decrease in stores selling tobacco, hookah lounges, vape shops," 11 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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The first known use of military was in the 15th century

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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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