declare war

Definition of declare war

  1. :  to officially decide to fight or go to war Congress has the power to declare war on/against other countries. —often used figuratively The state has declared war on illiteracy.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make known formally, officially, or explicitly

    :  to make known as a determination

    :  to make clear

  1. :  a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations

    :  a period of such armed conflict

    :  state of war

  1. :  to be in active or vigorous conflict

    :  to engage in warfare

  1. :  worse

  1. :  worst, overcome

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