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war - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'war' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . War [ a.]
- Ware; aware.
2 . War [ n.]
- A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
- A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
- Instruments of war.
- Forces; army.
- The profession of arms; the art of war.
- a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
3 . War [ v. i.]
- To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
- To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
4 . War [ v. t.]
- To make war upon; to fight.
- To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

Meaning of 'war' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . war [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an active struggle between competing entities
Example in sentence:
  • a price war;
  • a war of wits;
  • diplomatic warfare
Meaning (2):
- a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
Example in sentence:
  • the war against crime;
  • the war on poverty
Meaning (3):
- the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
Example in sentence:
  • thousands of people were killed in the war
Meaning (4):
- a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
Example in sentence:
  • war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring