Definition of military noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪlətri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪləteri//
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the military [singular + singular or plural verb] soldiers; the armed forces The military was/were called in to deal with the riot. Word Originlate Middle English: from French militaire or Latin militaris, from miles, milit- ‘soldier’.Extra examples He left the military in 1993 and became a security guard. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he’d served in the military. The country has twice been occupied by foreign militaries. The country maintains a strong military purely for defence/​defense. The government called in the military to deal with the riots. efforts to transform the military into a 21st-century fighting force reports of growing discontent among the military
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