1. [ noun ] (military) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
Synonyms: warfare

"thousands of people were killed in the war"

Related terms: military_action civil_war biological_warfare Korean_War world_war Spanish-American_War hot_war Boer_War Franco-Prussian_War chemical_warfare jihad Mexican_War psychological_warfare punic_war Trojan_War Crimean_War War_of_the_Spanish_Succession French_and_Indian_War Hundred_Years'_War Iran-Iraq_War war_of_greek_independence Peloponnesian_War Napoleonic_Wars Persian_Gulf_War Punic_Wars Arab-Israeli_War Russo-Japanese_War Seven_Years'_War Arab-Israeli_War Thirty_Years'_War Balkan_Wars Vietnam_War War_of_the_Austrian_Succession War_of_the_Grand_Alliance limited_war War_of_the_Roses information_warfare international_jihad chino-japanese_war war_of_1812 macedonian_war battle combat aggression side plunderer de-escalation military
2. [ noun ] (military) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
Synonyms: state_of_war

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

Related terms: peace hostility proxy_war
3. [ noun ] an active struggle between competing entities
Synonyms: warfare

"a price war" "a war of wits" "diplomatic warfare"

Related terms: conflict drug_war
4. [ noun ] a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"

Related terms: campaign
5. [ verb ] (military) make or wage war
Related terms: make_peace fight go_to_war blitzkrieg
Similar spelling:   wary