Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “war”


noun [C/U]  /wɔr/ us  
armed fighting between two or more countries or groups, or a particular example of such fighting: [C] Can any country fight two wars at the same time? [U] War is something to avoid. [U] Several nations were at war. A war can also be any situation in which there is strong competition between opposing sides or a joint effort against something harmful: [C] Airlines engage in fare wars to attract new customers. [U] It sometimes seems like the war on cancer has stalled.
(Definition of war from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of war?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “war”

Definitions of “war” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

give the green light to sth

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More