noun, often attributive
war·​time | \ ˈwȯr-ˌtīm How to pronounce wartime (audio) \

Definition of wartime

: a period during which a war is in progress rationing during wartime

Examples of wartime in a Sentence

Many goods were rationed during wartime.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite arguments that the order violated the constitutional rights of those sent to the camps without any charge or trial, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1944 the action was within the president’s powers as commander-in-chief in wartime. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 As Russia concentrates its attack on Ukraine’s east and south, Ukrainians elsewhere claim the dead and clean up the damage, striving for a semblance of normalcy in wartime. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 SpaceX donated Starlink terminals to Ukraine to help the country stay connected in wartime, but Russian signal-jamming attempted to thwart those plans. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2022 Intentionally overdosing on poison in pill form has long been deployed in wartime as a method of committing suicide rather than facing capture. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 Having a baby in wartime Before the invasion started, the couple had been preparing for their daughter’s arrival. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 For the Ukrainians, the games are a brief respite from the grim realities of life in wartime and an opportunity to highlight the plight of their nation. Mike Corder, ajc, 15 Apr. 2022 That’s not a sustainable basis for long-term support to defend Eastern European countries in wartime. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 Environmental damage is often ignored during wartime but should be closely tracked, according to Mr. Zwijnenburg of PAX. Nidhi Subbaraman, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wartime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wartime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wartime. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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