Meaning of militate

mil•i•tate

Pronunciation: (mil'i-tāt"), [key]
— -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
  1. to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
    1. to be a soldier.
    2. to fight for a belief.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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