WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
armed for•ces /ˈɑrmd ˈfɔrsɪz/USA pronunciation  n. [plural]
  • Militarythe military, naval, and air forces of a nation or of a number of nations. Also called ˈarmed ˈserv•ic•es.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    armed forces, 
  • Militarymilitary, naval, and air forces, esp. of a nation or of a number of nations. Also called  armed services. 
    • 1685–95

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    armed forces pl n
    1. the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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