W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr]
    • /wɔr/
    • /wɔː(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr]
    • /wɔr/

Definitions of war word

  • noun war a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air. 1
  • noun war a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other. 1
  • noun war a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812. 1
  • noun war armed fighting, as a science, profession, activity, or art; methods or principles of waging armed conflict: War is the soldier's business. 1
  • noun war active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words. 1
  • noun war aggressive business conflict, as through severe price cutting in the same industry or any other means of undermining competitors: a fare war among airlines; a trade war between nations. 1

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Origin of war

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
before 1150; (noun) Middle English, late Old English werre < Old North French < Germanic; cognate with Old High German werra strife; (v.) Middle English, late Old English werrien (transitive) to make war upon, derivative of the noun; compare Old French guerrer, Old North French werreier; akin to war2

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Parts of speech for War


war popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

war usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for war

noun war

  • conflict — Conflict is serious disagreement and argument about something important. If two people or groups are in conflict, they have had a serious disagreement or argument and have not yet reached agreement.
  • combat — Combat is fighting that takes place in a war.
  • warfare — the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war.
  • fighting — fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape.
  • confrontation — A confrontation is a dispute, fight, or battle between two groups of people.

verb war

  • fight — a battle or combat.
  • differ — to be unlike, dissimilar, or distinct in nature or qualities (often followed by from): The two writers differ greatly in their perceptions of the world. Each writer's style differs from that of another.
  • take up arms — Usually, arms. weapons, especially firearms.
  • attack — To attack a person or place means to try to hurt or damage them using physical violence.
  • attempt — If you make an attempt to do something, you try to do it, often without success.

adjective war

  • warlike — fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial: a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
  • gladiatorial — of or relating to gladiators or to their combats.
  • dissentious — contentious; quarrelsome.
  • quarrelsome — inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.
  • cat-and-dog — continuously or unceasingly vicious and destructive: cat-and-dog competition.

Antonyms for war

noun war

  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  • accord — An accord between countries or groups of people is a formal agreement, for example to end a war.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • truce — a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.

verb war

  • agree — If people agree with each other about something, they have the same opinion about it or say that they have the same opinion.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • give up — the quality or state of being resilient; springiness.
  • laze — to idle or lounge lazily (often followed by around): I was too tired to do anything but laze around this weekend.
  • protect — to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.

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