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war

noun [C or U] uk   /wɔːr/  us   /wɔːr/
A2 armed fighting between two or more countries or groups, or a particular example of this: nuclear war a war film/grave/hero/poet If this country goes to (= starts to fight in a) war we will have to face the fact that many people will die. Britain and France declared war on Germany in 1939 as a result of the invasion of Poland. War broke out between the two countries after a border dispute. They've been at war for the last five years. He died in the First World War/the Vietnam war.war of attrition a war that is fought over a long period and only ends when one side has neither the soldiers and equipment nor the determination left to continue fightingwar of nerves a situation, often before a competition or battle , in which each opposing side attempts to frighten or discourage the other by making threats or by showing how strong it isC2 any situation in which there is strong competition between opposing sides or a great fight against something harmful: The past few months have witnessed a price war between leading supermarkets. The government are to step up their attempt to wage war against/on drugs.
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in Arabic حَرْب…
in Korean 전쟁…
in Malaysian peperangan…
in French (de) guerre…
in Turkish harp, savaş, kavga…
in Italian guerra…
in Chinese (Traditional) (國家或群體之間的)戰爭, 爭奪,競爭…
in Russian война, борьба, соперничество…
in Polish wojna, walka…
in Vietnamese chiến tranh…
in Spanish guerra…
in Portuguese guerra…
in Thai สงคราม…
in German der Krieg, Kriegs-……
in Catalan guerra…
in Japanese 戦争…
in Indonesian perang…
in Chinese (Simplified) (国家或群体之间的)战争, 争夺,竞争…
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