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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr]
    • /wɔr/
    • /ˈwɔː.rɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr]
    • /wɔr/

Definitions of warring word

  • noun warring 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 warring a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other. 1
  • noun warring a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812. 1
  • noun warring armed fighting, as a science, profession, activity, or art; methods or principles of waging armed conflict: War is the soldier's business. 1
  • noun warring active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words. 1
  • noun warring 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 warring

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 Warring


warring 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

warring usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for warring

adjective warring

  • belligerent — A belligerent person is hostile and aggressive.
  • combatant — A combatant is a person, group, or country that takes part in the fighting in a war.
  • fighting — fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape.
  • sparring — a motion of sparring.
  • opposing — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

Antonyms for warring

adjective warring

  • friendly — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.

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