warfare

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noun war·fare \ ˈwȯr-ˌfer \

Definition of warfare

1 :military operations between enemies :hostilities, war; also :an activity undertaken by a political unit (such as a nation) to weaken or destroy another
  • economic warfare
2 :struggle between competing entities :conflict

Examples of warfare in a Sentence

  1. that troubled household seems to be almost constantly in a state of warfare

  2. companies engaged in constant warfare for dominance in the market for home computers

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Origin and Etymology of warfare

Middle English, from werre, warre war + fare journey, passage — more at fare



WARFARE Defined for English Language Learners

warfare

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Definition of warfare for English Language Learners

  • : military fighting in a war

  • : activity that is done as part of a struggle between competing groups, companies, etc.


WARFARE Defined for Kids

warfare

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noun war·fare \ ˈwȯr-ˌfer \

Definition of warfare for Students

1 :military fighting between enemies
2 :conflict between opposing forces or for a particular end


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