militarize militarize  /ˈmɪ lə tə ˌraɪz/


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



  1. The government will still be able to imprison opponents without trial, militarize industry and ban unauthorized public gatherings.
  2. Received from Illinois' Britten a bill to militarize the Administration of Hawaii under the Army or Navy.
  3. The government will probably still have the power to keep opposition leaders in detention and militarize industrial plants.


  • Border security compromise draws support, outrage

    WASHINGTON — Some Republican senators said Thursday that they could support a new compromise border security plan but civil rights groups were outraged at a proposal they said would “militarize” the border with Mexico as a trade-off for GOP votes on the immigration overhaul.        
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "The United States is not going to militarize the southern border. Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend," Bush said. "We will continue to work cooperatively to improve security on both sides of the border."
    on May 15, 2006 By: President Bush Source: CNN

  2. Obama said two weeks ago that he doesn't want to "militarize the border" but made clear he takes security concerns in both countries seriously.
    on Mar 24, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Dallas Morning News

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