[ wawr ]
/ wɔr /
a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other.
a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812.
armed fighting, as a science, profession, activity, or art; methods or principles of waging armed conflict: War is the soldier's business.
active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words.
aggressive business conflict, as through severe price cutting in the same industry or any other means of undermining competitors: a fare war among airlines; a trade war between nations.
a struggle to achieve a goal: the war on cancer;a war against poverty;a war for hearts and minds.
- a game for two or more persons, played with a 52-card pack evenly divided between the players, in which each player turns up one card at a time with the higher card taking the lower, and in which, when both turned up cards match, each player lays one card face down and turns up another, the player with the higher card of the second turn taking all the cards laid down.
- an occasion in this game when both turned up cards match.
Archaic. a battle.
verb (used without object), warred, war·ring.
to make or carry on war; fight: to war with a neighboring nation.
to carry on active hostility or contention: Throughout her life she warred with sin and corruption.
to be in conflict or in a state of strong opposition: The temptation warred with his conscience.
of, belonging to, used in, or due to war: war preparations; war hysteria.
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Origin of war1
before 1150; (noun) Middle English, late Old English werre<Old North French <Germanic; cognate with Old High German werra strife; (v.) Middle English, late Old English werrien (transitive) to make war upon, derivative of the noun; compare Old French guerrer,Old North French werreier; akin to war2
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH warwar , wore
Definition for war (2 of 3)
[ wahr ]
/ wɑr /
adjective, adverb Scot. and North England.
Origin of war2
1150–1200; Middle English werre<Old Norse verriworse
Definition for war (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for war (1 of 2)
/ (wɔː) /
open armed conflict between two or more parties, nations, or statesRelated adjectives: belligerent, martial
a particular armed conflictthe 1973 war in the Middle East
the techniques of armed conflict as a study, science, or profession
any conflict or contesta war of wits; the war against crime
(modifier) of, relating to, resulting from, or characteristic of wara war hero; war damage; a war story
to have had a good war to have made the most of the opportunities presented to one during wartime
in the wars informal (esp of a child) hurt or knocked about, esp as a result of quarrelling and fighting
verb wars, warring or warred
(intr) to conduct a war
Word Origin for war
C12: from Old Northern French werre (variant of Old French guerre), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German werra
British Dictionary definitions for war (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with war
In addition to the idioms beginning with war
- ward off
- war horse
- war of nerves
- all's fair in love and war
- at war
- been to the wars
- declare war
- tug of war
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