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tr.v. mil·i·ta·rized, mil·i·ta·riz·ing, mil·i·ta·riz·es
1. To equip or train for war.
2. To imbue with militarism.
3. To adopt for use by or in the military.

mil′i·ta·ri·za′tion (-tər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.


the process of preparing for war; mobilization of troops or of an area.
See also: War
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.militarization - act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"militarization - act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
arming, equipping, armament - the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
conscription, muster, selective service, draft - compulsory military service
remilitarisation, remilitarization - the act of militarizing again
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An analysis of the structural causes of militarization and the geographical details of globalization revealed more specific causes for the militarization in our countries:
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Sherry describes and explains the process of militarization that has fundamentally transformed American life since the 1930s.
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that we have continued concerns about China's activities and militarization in the South China Sea.
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The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's "continued militarization" of the South China Sea, an official said Wednesday, in the latest sign of US-China strains.
Despite this, China dismissed that movement of the bombers into the area was part of 'continued militarization.'
Senator Rand Paul released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that President Trump will sign an executive order removing restrictions on the militarization of local law enforcement: Americans must never sacrifice their liberty for an illusive and dangerous - or false - security.