[ mil-i-teyt ]
Part of SpeechverbOrigin + Etymology
Mid-17th century; Latin; originally referring to persons, "to serve as a soldier" (now rare), from Latin militatum, past participle of militare "serve as a soldier," from miles "soldier." The sense developed into "to be evidence for or against."
verbto have a substantial effect; weigh heavily
verbA) The storm might militate on the couple, prompting them to change their wedding venue indoors. B) Her not having a car could militate in her not getting the job since it was an hour away.
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