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Definition of conflict verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

conflict

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conflict
BrE BrE//kənˈflɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪkt//
 
he / she / it conflicts
BrE BrE//kənˈflɪkts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪkts//
 
past simple conflicted
BrE BrE//kənˈflɪktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪktɪd//
 
past participle conflicted
BrE BrE//kənˈflɪktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪktɪd//
 
-ing form conflicting
BrE BrE//kənˈflɪktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪktɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//kənˈflɪkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈflɪkt//
 
[intransitive] conflict (with something) if two ideas, beliefs, stories, etc. conflict, it is not possible for them to exist together or for them both to be true synonym clash conflicting emotions/interests/loyalties These results conflict with earlier findings. Reports conflicted on how much of the aid was reaching the famine victims.
Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin conflict- ‘struck together, fought’, from the verb confligere, from con- ‘together’ + fligere ‘to strike’; the noun is via Latin conflictus ‘a contest’.Extra examples Different doctors gave him conflicting advice. His opinions conflicted with mine. There have been conflicting reports about the size of the explosion. how to reconcile apparently conflicting goals potentially conflicting values the conflicting demands of work and home life He was torn between conflicting loyalties to family and work.
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