military

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɪlɪtəri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɪlɪˌtɛri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mili ter′ē)

Inflections of 'military' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
militaries
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
military
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mil•i•tar•y /ˈmɪlɪˌtɛri/USA pronunciation   adj., n., pl.  -tar•y, sometimes -tar•ies. 
adj. [before a noun]
  1. Militaryof or relating to the army, armed forces, soldiers, or war-making:military preparedness.

n. 
  1. Militarythe military: 
    • [uncountable;  used with a singular verb] the armed forces of a nation;
      the military establishment:The military does not want him to become president.
    • [plural;  used with a plural verb] military personnel:The military were not treating civilians kindly.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mil•i•tar•y  (mili ter′ē),USA pronunciation adj., n., pl.  -tar•ies, -tar•y. 
adj. 
  1. Militaryof, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy:from civilian to military life.
  2. Militaryof, for, or pertaining to war:military preparedness.
  3. Militaryof or pertaining to soldiers.
  4. Militarybefitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier:a military bearing.
  5. Militaryfollowing the life of a soldier:a military career.
  6. Militaryperformed by soldiers:military duty.

n. 
  1. Militarythe military: 
    • the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
    • military personnel, esp. commissioned officers, taken collectively:the bar, the press, and the military.
mil•i•tar•i•ly  (mili ter′ē),USA pronunciation adv.  mili•tar′i•ness, n. 
  • Latin mīlitāri(s), equivalent. to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -āris -ary
  • 1575–85
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged soldierly, soldierlike, martial.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
military /ˈmɪlɪtərɪ -trɪ/ adj
  1. of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
  2. of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
n ( pl -taries, -tary)
  1. the militarythe armed services (esp the army)
Etymology: 16th Century: via French from Latin mīlitāris, from mīles soldier

ˈmilitarily adv
'military' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: joined the military after [high school, college], served in the military for [twenty] years, enlisted [in, with] the military, more...

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