Meaning of “wartime” in the English Dictionary

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"wartime" in British English

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wartimenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈwɔː.taɪm/ us /ˈwɔːr.taɪm/

a period of time during which a war is being fought:

In wartime, food is often scarce.
The film is set in wartime England.
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  • In Britain, the Victoria Cross is awarded for acts of great bravery during wartime.
  • The movie is a mirror of daily life in wartime Britain.
  • The wartime austerity of my early years prepared me for later hardships.
  • It's a moving narrative of wartime adventure.
  • The play has its setting in a wartime prison camp.

(Definition of “wartime” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wartime" in American English

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wartimenoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɑrˌtɑɪm/

a period of armed fighting between two countries:

During wartime, everyone’s life changes a lot.

(Definition of “wartime” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)