An example of a war is the conflict between the United States and Iraq.
The war against disease.
- (figuratively) A campaign against something.The "war on drugs" is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs.The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime.In the US, conservatives rail against the "war on Christmas".
- I reaped the benefit of the car dealerships' price war, getting my car for far less than it's worth.The cellular phone companies were engaged in a freebie war, each offering various services thrown in when one purchased a plan.
You look like you've been through the wars.
That thou [...] mightest war a good warfare. "” Tim. i. 18.
- In an active state of conflict or contention.
- In a state of active armed conflict.
- To make a formal declaration of being at war (with).
- To announce one's hostility (to).
- To enter into a war.
- To become a member of the armed forces during a war.
Origin of war
- Middle English warre from Old North French werre of Germanic origin wers- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre (compare Old French guerre, guerre, whence modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra (“riot, disturbance, quarrel") from Proto-Germanic *werrÅ (“mixture, mix-up, confusion"), from Proto-Indo-European *wers- (“to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh"). Akin to Old High German werra (“confusion, strife, quarrel") (German verwirren (“to confuse")), Old Saxon werran (“to confuse, perplex"), Dutch war (“confusion, disarray"), Old English wyrsa, wiersa (“worse"), Old Norse verri (“worse") (originally "confounded, mixed up"). Compare Latin versus (“against, turned"), past participle of vertere (“turn, change, overthrow, destroy"). More at worse, wurst.
- from the 1983 movie Wargames, which featured war-dialing