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.

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The rocket launches mark a major escalation of violence by the Palestinians, who usually only fire on those places during wartime. Fox News, "Netanyahu whisked offstage at campaign rally after rockets fired from Gaza Strip," 10 Sep. 2019 One recent investigation argued that contracting private military and security companies during wartime can actually increase military effectiveness – and with it, the intensity of conflict. Jonathan Powell, Quartz Africa, "The controversial role of private military and security companies in Africa," 9 Aug. 2019 Like a post-rock record, the book has meandering, slow chapters, where Grossman noodles off in a corner, exploring, to no discernible end, some aspect of human nature during wartime. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Grossman offers convincing portraits of women of all kinds—and there were many kinds of women in the Soviet Union, especially in wartime. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019 The Museum of the Dog has a good exhibition schedule in the next year, with shows on Hollywood dogs, presidential dogs, dogs in wartime, and dogs and Arctic exploration. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 South Korea called the Japanese action retaliation for a South Korean Supreme Court order for Japanese companies to compensate some of their wartime forced labourers last October. NBC News, "South Korea scraps intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid bitter feud between U.S. allies," 22 Aug. 2019 Excavations uncover the daily lives of ordinary people who are invisible in biblical stories, people who may never have sacrificed in the temple or led an army in wartime. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite the utility of mines, the Navy has traditionally neglected its minesweeping force, relying on European and Japanese minesweepers to augment its forces in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Minesweeper Fleet Is in Bad Shape," 6 Aug. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a time when a country is involved in a war

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to make a temporary encampment

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