War meaning

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War is an armed conflict within a country or between countries.

An example of a war is the conflict between the United States and Iraq.

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A battle.
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To wage or carry on warfare.
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To be in a state of hostility or rivalry; contend.
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Of, used in, or resulting from war.
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Open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country.
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Any active hostility, contention, or struggle; conflict.

The war against disease.

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Military operations as a profession or science.
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To carry on war; engage in military conflict.
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To be in a state of hostility or contention; contend; strive.
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(Web ARchive) A file that makes up a Java-based Web application including servlets, JSPs and other resources. A WAR file is a JAR file (a ZIPPED archive) that is designed to be decompressed to a specific directory structure for execution. WAR files can be unzipped using a PKUNZIP utility. See JAR and EAR.
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(uncountable) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.

The war was largely between Sunni and Shia militants.

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(countable) A particular conflict of this kind.
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(countable) By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
  • (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".
  • (business, countable) A bout of fierce competition in trade.
    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.

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(uncountable) A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
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(intransitive) To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).

To war the Scot, and borders to defend. "” Daniel.

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To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

That thou [...] mightest war a good warfare. "” Tim. i. 18.

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Relating to gaining access to network resources, such as Wi-Fi access, by locating and exploiting unprotected access addresses.
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at war
  • In an active state of conflict or contention.
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at war
  • In a state of active armed conflict.
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declare war (on)
  • To make a formal declaration of being at war (with).
  • To announce one's hostility (to).
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go to war
  • To enter into a war.
  • To become a member of the armed forces during a war.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

declare war (on)

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 *werrō (“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 Wiktionary

  • from the 1983 movie Wargames, which featured war-dialing

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