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war

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noun, often attributive \ˈwȯr\

Simple Definition of war

  • : a state or period of fighting between countries or groups

  • : a situation in which people or groups compete with or fight against each other

  • : an organized effort by a government or other large organization to stop or defeat something that is viewed as dangerous or bad

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of war

  1. 1 a (1) :  a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) :  a period of such armed conflict (3) :  state of war b :  the art or science of warfare c (1) obsolete :  weapons and equipment for war (2) archaic :  soldiers armed and equipped for war

  2. 2 a :  a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism b :  a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end <a class war> <a war against disease> c :  variance, odds 3

warless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of war in a sentence

  1. They fought a war over the disputed territory.

  2. A war broke out when the colonists demanded their independence.

  3. We need to resolve our conflicts without resorting to war.

  4. People behave differently during a time of war.

  5. The taking of American hostages was seen as an act of war by the United States.

  6. the budget wars in Washington



Origin of war

Middle English werre, from Anglo-French werre, guerre, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werra strife; akin to Old High German werran to confuse


First Known Use: 12th century


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war

verb,

Definition of war

warredwarring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be in active or vigorous conflict

  3. 2 :  to engage in warfare



13th Century

First Known Use of war

13th century


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war

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adverb or adjective \ˈwär\

Definition of war

chiefly Scottish

  1. :  worse



Origin of war

Middle English werre, from Old Norse verri, adjective, verr, adverb; akin to Old English wiersa worse — more at worse


First Known Use: 13th century


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war

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verb, \ˈwär\

Definition of war

warredwarring

Scottish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  worst, overcome



15th Century

First Known Use of war

15th century



WAR Defined for Kids

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war

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noun \ˈwȯr\

Definition of war for Students

  1. 1 :  a state or period of fighting between states or nations

  2. 2 :  a struggle between opposing forces or for a particular end <the war on poverty>




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war

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verb

Definition of war for Students

warredwarring

  1. :  to engage in a series of battles





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