go to war

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go to war

: to begin to engage in war with another
  • The two countries went to war over the boundary dispute.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

war play
  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

  1. : to be in active or vigorous conflict

  2. : to engage in warfare

  1. : worse

  1. : worst, overcome


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