Definition of militarize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmilədəˌrīz/


[with object] (often as adjective militarized)
1Give (something, especially an organization) a military character or style: militarized police forces
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  • While pretending to create a kind of police force, he militarized his formations and transformed them into a professional military body.
  • The fact that none of the officers involved appears to have had any qualms with participating in this sordid affair speaks volumes about the degree to which the nation's police forces have been militarized.
  • This division of the national police is acquiring an increasingly militarized profile, as it takes over forced eradication tasks in territories where war is being waged.
1.1Equip or supply (a place) with soldiers and other military resources: a militarized security zone
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  • Had I gone to the North a dozen years earlier, I would certainly have encountered soldiers and checkpoints in Europe's most heavily militarized rural area.
  • And so it was that they found themselves in one of the many militarized zones of the city.
  • In the heavily militarized urban areas, a virtual war psychosis existed.



Pronunciation: /ˌmiləd(ə)rəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • From the Manchurian crisis of 1931 onwards a perceptible militarization of the economy took place.
  • The regimentation and militarization of society fall hardest on the youth.
  • While there, I saw what ethnic conflict and the militarisation of gang warfare can mean in a community.

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Syllabification: mil·i·ta·rize

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