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Meaning of “conflict” in the English Dictionary

"conflict" in British English

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conflictnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒn.flɪkt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
B2 an ​activedisagreement between ​people with ​opposingopinions or ​principles: There was a lot of conflict between him and his ​father. It was an ​unpopularpolicy and ​caused a ​number of conflicts within the ​party. His ​outspokenviews would ​frequently bring him into conflict with the ​president.B2 fighting between two or more ​groups of ​people or ​countries: We ​wish to ​avoid conflict betweenourcountries if at all ​possible.

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conflictverb [I]

uk   us   /kənˈflɪkt/
  • conflict verb [I] (FIGHT)

to ​fight or ​disagreeactively: If the two ​sides conflict with each other again, it will be ​disastrous for ​partyunity.
(Definition of conflict from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conflict" in American English

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conflictnoun

 us   /ˈkɑn·flɪkt/
  • conflict noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[C/U] an ​activedisagreement, as between ​opposingopinions or ​needs: [C] Conflicts between ​parents and ​childrenbecome more ​frequent when the ​childrenbecometeenagers. [U] This ​technology may be in conflict with ​copyrightlaw. [C/U] A conflict is also ​fighting between two or more ​countries or ​groups of ​people: [C] Negotiations with both ​sides have not ​yetled to a ​resolution of the conflict.
  • conflict noun (STRUGGLE)

 /ˈkɑn·flɪkt/ [U] literature the ​forces that ​oppose each other to ​create the ​plot in a ​story, ​book, or ​filmexternal conflict External conflict is a ​struggle between ​characters or between ​characters and ​nature or ​society.internal conflict Characters' ​struggles to ​change or ​understand themselves is ​internal conflict.

conflictverb [I]

 us   /kənˈflɪkt/
to be in ​activedisagreement, as between ​opposingopinions or ​needs: We ​receivedreports that conflict with each other.
conflicting
adjective  us   /kənˈflɪk·tɪŋ/
There are many conflicting ​cancerstudies.
(Definition of conflict from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conflict" in Business English

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conflictnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnflɪkt/
a serious disagreement between ​people, ​organizations, or countries with ​opposingopinions: conflict (with sb) (over sth) In that ​year conflict with the ​government over ​paysettlementsled to an unprecedented ​civilservicestrike.come into conflict (with sb) It is only to be expected that ​members of your ​team will come into conflict with each other at some ​point. It was a controversial decision and caused a ​number of conflicts within the ​workforce. Managers will need to ensure that ​strategies for conflict ​resolution (= ​finding a ​solution to a disagreement) are in ​place.
a ​situation in which there are ​opposingdemands or ​ideas and a ​choice has to be made between them: conflict between sth and sth The ​situation becomes more difficult when there is a conflict between the ​needs of ​internal and ​externalstakeholders.come into conflict (with sth) If we go ​ahead with this, we may come into conflict with ​health and ​safetyregulations.

conflictverb [I]

uk   us   /kənˈflɪkt/
if beliefs, ​needs, facts, etc. conflict, they are very different and cannot easily exist together or both be ​true: conflict (with sth) Consideration of ​ethical and ​environmentalimpacts can sometimes conflict with ​economicgoals.
(Definition of conflict from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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