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war

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noun, often attributive \ˈwȯr\

Definition of war

  1. 1a (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 warb :  the art or science of warfarec (1) obsolete :  weapons and equipment for war (2) archaic :  soldiers armed and equipped for war

  2. 2a :  a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonismb :  a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end a class war a war against diseasec :  variance, odds 3

warless

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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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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war

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Definition of war

warred

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warring

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

  3. 2 :  to engage in warfare

First Known Use of war

13th century


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war

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adverb or adjective \ˈwär\

Definition of war

chiefly Scotland

  1. :  worse

Origin and Etymology of war

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


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war

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verb \ˈwär\

Definition of war

warred

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warring

Scotland

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  worst, overcome

First Known Use of war

15th century


WAR Defined for English Language Learners

war

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noun

Definition of war for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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

warred

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warring

  1. :  to engage in a series of battles



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