war

war
war1 [wôr]
n.
[ME werre < NormFr < Frank * werra, confusion, strife, akin ? to OHG (fir)werran, to confuse < ?]
1. open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country
2. any active hostility, contention, or struggle; conflict [the war against disease]
3. Obs. a battle
4. military operations as a profession or science
adj.
of, used in, or resulting from war
vi.
warred, warring
1. to carry on war; engage in military conflict
2. to be in a state of hostility or contention; contend; strive
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at war
in a state of active armed conflict
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declare war on or declare war
1. to make a formal declaration of being at war (with)
2. to announce one's hostility (to)
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go to war
1. to enter into a war
2. to become a member of the armed forces during a war
war2 [wär]
adj., adv.
[ME < ON verre, adj., verr, adv.; akin to OHG werran, to confuse] [Scot. or North Eng.] WORSE

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