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war meaning

EN[wɔː] [wɔɹ] [-ɔː(ɹ)]
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  • War is a state of armed conflict between societies such as states or violent non-state actors. It is generally characterized by extreme collective aggression, destruction, and usually high mortality.
  • While some scholars see warfare as a universal and ancestral aspect of human nature, others argue that it is only a result of specific socio-cultural or ecological circumstances.
  • In 2013 war resulted in 31,000 deaths down from 72,000 deaths in 1990.
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    Definition of war in English Dictionary

  • NounPLwars
    1. NU Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
      1. NC A particular conflict of this kind.
        1. NC By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
          1. You look like you've been through the wars. ‎
          2. The "war on drugs" is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs.
          3. The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime.
          4. In the US, conservatives rail against the "war on Christmas".
          5. I reaped the benefit of the car dealerships' price war, getting my car for far less than it's worth.
          6. The cellular phone companies were engaged in a freebie war, each offering various services thrown in when one purchased a plan.
        2. OBS NU Instruments of war.
          1. OBS Armed forces.
            1. NU A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
            2. VerbSGwarsPRwarringPT, PPwarred
              1. VI To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).
                1. To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
                  1. That thou [ …] mightest war a good warfare. — Tim. i. 18.
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • ... near future corporate wars and 'the realist underground' and was eclipsed by the zeitgeistier The Matrix (1999).
                  • He was huge, raw-boned, knotty, long of body and long of leg, with the head of a war charger.
                  • He'd be useless in war. He'd just cower in his bunker until the enemy came in and shot him, or until the war was over.
                2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                  • The essay attempts to play down the role slavery had in the Civil War.
                  • I can see that battered old hat of yours has been in the wars.
                  • For example, Coventry twinned with Dresden as an act of peace and reconciliation, both cities having been heavily bombed during the war.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Nouns
                  • Countable nouns
                    • Singularia tantum
                      • Uncountable nouns
                    • Verbs
                      • Intransitive verbs
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                    Meaning of war for the defined word.

                    Grammatically, this word "war" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb.
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