- the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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armed for•ces /ˈɑrmd ˈfɔrsɪz/USA pronunciation n. [plural]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Militarythe military, naval, and air forces of a nation or of a number of nations. Also called ˈarmed ˈserv•ic•es.
Militarymilitary, naval, and air forces, esp. of a nation or of a number of nations. Also called armed′ serv′ices.
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armed forces pl n
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AVF - Agent Orange - Air Medal - Airman's Medal - American Legion - Armada - Armed Forces Day - British Legion - Bundeswehr - C ration - Chief of Staff - ENSA - Establishment - F.A.L.N. - Holy Joe - Joint Chiefs of Staff - K ration - Keitel - MacArthur - Marine Corps - Maritime Command - Medal of Honor - Memorial Day - Purple Heart - Royal British Legion - Unknown Soldier - Victoria Cross - able-bodied - armada - arms - arms control - army - barracks lawyer - basic training - batman - battle - batwoman - brigadier - buy out - cashier - casualty - chief warrant officer - colonel - color - color guard - commander in chief - commission - conscientious objection - conscientious objector - constable