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English noun: war

1. war (act) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

SamplesThousands of people were killed in the war.


Broader (hypernym)action, military action

Narrower (hyponym)bioattack, biologic attack, biological attack, biological warfare, BW, chemical operations, chemical warfare, civil war, hot war, information warfare, international jihad, IW, jehad, jihad, limited war, psychological warfare, war of nerves, world war

Instance hyponymArab-Israeli War, Arab-Israeli War, Balkan Wars, Boer War, Chino-Japanese War, Crimean War, Franco-Prussian War, French and Indian War, Gulf War, Gulf War, Hundred Years' War, Iran-Iraq War, Korean War, Macedonian War, Mexican War, Napoleonic Wars, Peloponnesian War, Persian Gulf War, Punic War, Russo-Japanese War, Seven Years' War, Sino-Japanese War, Six Day War, Six-Day War, Spanish War, Spanish-American War, Thirty Years' War, Trojan War, Vietnam, Vietnam War, War of 1812, War of Greek Independence, War of the Austrian Succession, War of the Grand Alliance, War of the League of Augsburg, War of the Roses, War of the Spanish Succession, Wars of the Roses, Yom Kippur War

Part holonymaggression, armed combat, battle, combat, conflict, engagement, fight

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

Domain category membersde-escalation, despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, side, spoiler, state of war, war

2. war (state) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply

SamplesWar was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring.

Synonymsstate of war

Broader (hypernym)antagonism, enmity, hostility

Narrower (hyponym)proxy war

Domain categorywar, warfare


3. war (act) an active struggle between competing entities

SamplesA price war.
A war of wits.
Diplomatic warfare.


Broader (hypernym)battle, conflict, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)drug war, trench warfare

4. war (act) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

SamplesThe war on poverty.
The war against crime.

Broader (hypernym)campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement

English verb: war

1. war (competition) make or wage war

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)blitzkrieg, go to war, take arms, take up arms

Antonymsmake peace

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