sol·​dier·​ing | \ ˈsōl-jə-riŋ How to pronounce soldiering (audio) , ˈsōlj-riŋ\

Definition of soldiering

: the life, service, or practice of one who soldiers

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Richards had been schooled in the most traditional style of British soldiering: a Royal Artillery officer trained on the streets of Belfast during The Troubles. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The Bulgarians had tried, and failed, to kick him out of the tournament; the brave Pelé soldiering on until the Portuguese finally did for him in Brazil’s final group game., "World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go - What if the John Charles Was Fully Fit for the 1958 World Cup?," 12 June 2018 Since the invasion of 2003, reflections of the war in English-language fiction have exhibited a natural but limiting propensity to focus on American soldiering and trauma. The Economist, "War babyFrankenstein and the war in Iraq," 15 Feb. 2018 Good soldiering: Tennis Channel will broadcast from the All England Lawn Tennis Club for its 10th year of Wimbledon Primetime beginning on the tournament's first day, Monday, July 3. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Should you root for Novak Djokovic's comeback story?," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of soldiering

1643, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soldiering

: the life or job of a soldier

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