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militarize

To make something (or someone) more heavily armed with weapons, especially in preparation for battle, is to militarize it. If a country militarizes, it's preparing for war or violent conflict.

A nation that is militarizing might assemble and train various armed forces (like the Army and the Navy), ready tanks to defend an area, or send ships to sail into battle. When you militarize a police force, it starts to look more like an army. And if a company militarizes its personal security force, that may mean arming guards with guns and dressing them in bulletproof vests. The verb militarize comes from military and its Latin root miles, "soldier."

Definitions of militarize
  1. verb
    lend a military character to (a country), as by building up a military force
    militarize Germany again after the war”
    synonyms: militarise
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    Antonyms:
    demilitarise, demilitarize
    do away with the military organization and potential of
    types:
    mobilise, mobilize
    get ready for war
    remilitarise, remilitarize
    militarize anew
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    adopt for military use
    militarize the Civil Service”
    synonyms: militarise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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