(noun, verb)


1. the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

- thousands of people were killed in the war

Similar word(s): warfare

Definition categories: act, action

2. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply

- war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring

Definition categories: state, antagonism, enmity, hostility

3. an active struggle between competing entities

- a price war

- a war of wits

- diplomatic warfare

Similar word(s): warfare

Definition categories: act, battle, conflict, struggle

4. a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

- the war on poverty

- the war against crime

Definition categories: act, campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement

Sentences with war as a noun:

- The war was largely between Sunni and Shia militants.

- You look like you've been through the wars.

- 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.


1. make or wage war

Definition categories: competition, contend, fight, struggle

Sentences with war as a verb:

- To war the Scot, and borders to defend. — Daniel.

- That thou […] mightest war a good warfare. — Tim. i. 18.