Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To equip or train for war.
  • transitive v. To imbue with militarism.
  • transitive v. To adopt for use by or in the military.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To train or equip for war.
  • v. To adopt for use by the military.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to lend a military character to (a country), as by building up a military force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render military in character, feeling, bearing, or conduct. He was brought up in Germany, becoming more and more militarised.
  • To place under military control; subject to military methods: as, to militarize the government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lend a military character to (a country), as by building up a military force
  • v. adopt for military use

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Examples

  • Obama said this week he had no desire to "militarize" the border, but the Department of Homeland Security has outlined plans to protect the border that include, as a last resort, deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if other agencies are overwhelmed.

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  • Opponents of missile defense charge that a space layer would somehow "militarize" space.

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  • The troops would not be sent to "militarize" the border with Mexico, Bush hastened to add, or even to arrest illegals coming over the border, but rather to provide logistical support, monitor surveillance cameras and do construction.

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  • (LuqCE) haha, don't forget President Informercial recently said he would not 'militarize' space with weapons.

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  • While emphasizing that he does not want to "militarize" the border, Obama called it

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  • NSA Director Lt.Gen. Keith Alexander told senators today the Cyber Command is not about efforts to "militarize" the Internet, and would work to protect the privacy of American citizens despite the uncharted legal territory in cyberspace. told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that he would work to protect the privacy rights of Americans - even as he noted the amount of uncharted territory in cyber-law.

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  • The next step would be to "militarize" his actions so that he could be put, incommunicado, in Guantanamo.

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  • Obama said this week he had no desire to "militarize" the border, but the Department of Homeland Security has outlined plans to protect the border that includes, as a last resort, deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if other agencies are overwhelmed.

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  • Hundreds of Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters who got their military training in Iran have infiltrated the Gulf since last year in order to "militarize" the Shiite communities of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

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  • Like Tugwell and many future New Dealers, Johnson saw the Great War not as the worthless horror that most Americans considered it to be but as a long-awaited opportunity to militarize all of society.

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