Meaning of “army” in the English Dictionary

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"army" in British English

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uk /ˈɑː.mi/ us /ˈɑːr.mi/
the army [ + sing/pl verb ]

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B1 a particular country's fighting force:

When did you join the army?
He has decided on a career in the British Army.
The army was/were called out to enforce the curfew.

B1 [ C ] a military force that has the training and equipment to fight on land:

Both the armies suffered heavy losses in the battle.
The minister is believed to have been killed by the rebel army.

C2 [ C usually singular ] a large group of people who are involved in a particular activity:

She brought an army of supporters with her.

[ C usually singular ] informal the supporters of a football team, especially ones who travel to games in different towns, cities, or countries:

Scotland's 1 - 0 victory over France gave the Tartan Army something to celebrate.

(Definition of “army” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"army" in American English

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armynoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑr·mi/

a military force, usually belonging to a country, that has the training and equipment to fight on land:

She decided to join the army.

An army is also any large group:

An army of bystanders watched the film crew work.

(Definition of “army” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)