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

Examples of soldiering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is not the usual business of soldiering, but armed forces must earn their substantial keep. The Economist, "Global arms spending is rising, but covid-19 will trim budgets," 26 Apr. 2020 Flu season is decidedly not the most wonderful time of the year—the risk of incessant coughing and soldiering through an overall blah feeling for days or even weeks is enough to make anyone want to hibernate until... Emily Shiffer,, "When Exactly is Flu Season? Doctors Explain How to Prepare," 13 Sep. 2019 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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“Soldiering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soldiering

: the life or job of a soldier

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