noun, often attributive
war·​time | \ ˈwȯr-ˌtīm \

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 Silverstone circuit was celebrating 70 years since the Royal Automobile Club held a Grand Prix on the former wartime airfield in 1948, when Luigi Villoresi led an Italian 1-2 for Maserati. Ciaran Fahey, chicagotribune.com, "Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovers to finish second," 8 July 2018 Passenger travel switched in 1942 from Stinson, our city’s first commercial airport, to the new San Antonio Municipal Airport north of the city, opened after part of Stinson was transferred to the federal government for wartime use. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts weigh in on reader's midcentury San Antonio airport photo," 7 July 2018 Rather than a colossal ship topped by a runway, picture a drone-operating submarine that surfaces only to launch and recover aircraft, which would be much harder to detect during wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 Japan has intensified its stance in recent years, especially under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nationalist government, which says there is no official record showing the wartime government’s systematic use of coercion. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels," 21 Nov. 2018 Still, commercial satellite operators may not like the idea of wartime enemies considering their spacecraft legitimate military targets in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Wants to Use Commercial Satellites to Defend Against Hypersonic Weapons," 16 Aug. 2018 Every presidential administration and Congress dating back to FDR’s wartime wage controls that led employers to expand tax-free health insurance perks as a means to attract employees in a tight labor market is partly to blame for our failing system. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 But the military grade guns and firearm accessories used in so many shootings are not made for hunting or non-wartime protection. Kesha, Teen Vogue, "Kesha on Common Sense Gun Laws and Partnering With March for Our Lives to End Gun Violence," 12 Oct. 2018 Housed in former 1890s U.S. Army Barracks which hosted recovering soldiers during wartime and later officers-in-training, the Lodge at the Presidio has been reimagined with all of the comforts of a modern boutique hotel, sans artillery. Sunset, "A Brand-New Stay in the West’s Coolest Urban National Park," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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