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conflict

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkɒn.flɪkt/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/
B2 an active disagreement between people with opposing opinions or principles: There was a lot of conflict between him and his father. It was an unpopular policy and caused a number of conflicts within the party. His outspoken views 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 between our countries if at all possible.
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verb [I] uk   /kənˈflɪkt/ us  

conflict verb [I] (BE OPPOSITE)

If beliefs, needs, or facts, etc. conflict, they are very different and cannot easily exist together or both be true: The results of the new research would seem to conflict with existing theories.

conflict verb [I] (FIGHT)

to fight or disagree actively: If the two sides conflict with each other again, it will be disastrous for party unity.
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