Definition of “military” - English Dictionary

“military” in British English

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uk /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tər.i/ us /ˈmɪl.ə.ter.i/

B2 relating to or belonging to the armed forces:

military targets/forces
military uniform

typical of the armed forces:

military precision

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  • The minister argued against making cuts in military spending.
  • The military expedition was made up of 100 officers and men.
  • Spain was an important military power in the 16th century.
  • The general made some bellicose statements about his country's military strength.
  • Over 100 military vehicles paraded through the capital in a show of strength.
adverb uk /ˌmɪl.ɪˈter.əl.i/ us /ˌmɪl.əˈter.əl.i/


uk /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tər.i/ us /ˈmɪl.ə.ter.i/
the military

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  • The president relied on the coercive powers of the military.
  • Disagreements about defence cuts have opened up deep divisions within the military.
  • They promised that individuals could live freely without fear of reprisal from the military.
  • The military wants to allow only a sanitized report/version of the incident to become public.
  • The president was widely regarded as the tool of the military.

C1 the armed forces:

The military has opposed any cuts in defence spending.

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

“military” in American English

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militaryadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmɪl·ɪˌter·i/

A military academy is a place where soldiers are trained to become officers.

A military academy (or school) is also a private school or college that expects obedience to rules, has uniforms, and is generally run like the armed forces.

militarynoun [ U ]

us /ˈmɪl·ɪˌter·i/

the armed forces of a country:

My Dad was in the military.

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