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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Budd, whose wartime experience has soured him on government and politics, struggles to reconcile his duty to protect Montague with his disapproval of her political agenda. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hit U.K. Show Bodyguard Is Now on Netflix," 26 Oct. 2018 Samuel Bianco, the choir director at the Somerset, Mass., school, where active-shooter drills have long been routine, considered how to handle the numerous guns called for in this wartime story. Naveen Kumar, New York Times, "When the Actors Are Students, and They’re Armed," 24 June 2018 Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the man behind movies like Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, Allied is set in 1942 and is based on real-life wartime stories that screenwriter Steve Knight heard. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard Lean In for a Kiss in the Official 'Allied' Poster," 24 Oct. 2016 An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 Tigers suffered a large number of non-combat losses, however, as the chaos of wartime and the Tiger’s mechanical finickiness chipped away at the number of deployable tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Was the Famous German Tiger Tank Really That Great?," 20 Dec. 2018 The channel charts the combat effectiveness of the various tank battalions equipped with Tiger, comparing wartime and total losses versus the number of enemy tanks destroyed. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Was the Famous German Tiger Tank Really That Great?," 20 Dec. 2018 Just as combatants and POWs are accorded certain rights in wartime, government officials and others who participate in politics deserve privacy and respect, no matter how intense the culture wars become. Orrin G. Hatch, WSJ, "Geneva Conventions for the Culture War," 27 July 2018 More refugees of varied wartime trajectories flooded the monastery as Allied forces emptied out camps, Grossman says. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wartime

: a time when a country is involved in a war

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