war noun definition in Conflict topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


 noun: Conflict topic
[uncountable, countable] a situation in which two or more countries or groups of people fight against each other over a period of time the Second World War the threat of (a) nuclear war to win/lose a/the war the war between England and Scotland England’s war with/against Scotland It was the year Britain declared war on Germany. Social and political problems led to the outbreak (= the beginning) of war. Where were you living when war broke out? The government does not want to go to war (= start a war) unless all other alternatives have failed. How long have they been at war? a war hero (formal) In the Middle Ages England waged war on France. Her husband was killed during the war. More troops are being despatched to the war zone. (formal) the theatre of war (= the area in which fighting takes place)

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