warfare

noun
war·​fare | \ ˈwȯr-ˌfer How to pronounce warfare (audio) \

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

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Examples of warfare in a Sentence

that troubled household seems to be almost constantly in a state of warfare companies engaged in constant warfare for dominance in the market for home computers

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But in deep blue New York, the intraparty warfare made clear the deep mistrust that a new generation of younger progressive voters harbors against traditional political forces, conservative or liberal. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "‘Trumpian’ Tactics: Queens D.A. Race Turns Nasty," 5 July 2019 But who could say when and where commercial warfare would break out anew among the potentially proliferating states of the confederation? Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 The scandals have prompted a review by the Navy's top commanders into the behavior of the special warfare teams. Author: Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 The scandals have prompted a review by the Navy’s top commanders into the behavior of the special warfare teams. Julie Watson, BostonGlobe.com, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 The scandals have prompted a review by the Navy’s top commanders into the behavior of the special warfare teams. Julie Watson, The Denver Post, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 An open house at Kelly featured an air show, displays of aircraft and other equipment, and Green Berets demonstrating unusual warfare techniques. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Oscar-winning aviation epic shot in San Antonio had a’ re-premiere’ for Kelly AFB’s 50th anniversary," 29 June 2019 Many risk assessment experts would agree that climate change and nuclear warfare are among the top threats facing humanity. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "The biggest threat facing the US, according to the first Democratic debate," 27 June 2019 Unlike the Shipyard project site, which was home to a Cold War-era nuclear warfare research lab, Candlestick Point is not known to have been contaminated with radioactive waste. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Huge Candlestick project going ahead as cleanup scandal keeps Hunters Point Shipyard on hold," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of warfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for warfare

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

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warfare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warfare

: military fighting in a war
: activity that is done as part of a struggle between competing groups, companies, etc.

warfare

noun
war·​fare | \ ˈwȯr-ˌfer How to pronounce warfare (audio) \

Kids Definition of warfare

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

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