Definition of “conflict” - English Dictionary

“conflict” in British English

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conflictnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.flɪkt/ us /ˈkɑːn.flɪkt/

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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conflictverb [ I ]

uk /kənˈflɪkt/ us /kənˈflɪkt/

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

“conflict” in American English

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us /ˈkɑn·flɪkt/

conflict noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[ C/U ] an active disagreement, as between opposing opinions or needs:

[ C ] Conflicts between parents and children become more frequent when the children become teenagers.
[ U ] This technology may be in conflict with copyright law.

[ C/U ] A conflict is also fighting between two or more countries or groups of people:

[ C ] Negotiations with both sides have not yet led 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 film

external 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 active disagreement, as between opposing opinions or needs:

We received reports that conflict with each other.
adjective us /kənˈflɪk·tɪŋ/

There are many conflicting cancer studies.

(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 /ˈkɒnflɪkt/ us

a serious disagreement between people, organizations, or countries with opposing opinions:

conflict (with sb) (over sth) In that year conflict with the government over pay settlements led to an unprecedented civil service strike.
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 opposing demands 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 external stakeholders.
come into conflict (with sth) If we go ahead with this, we may come into conflict with health and safety regulations.

conflictverb [ I ]

uk /kənˈflɪkt/ us

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 environmental impacts can sometimes conflict with economic goals.

(Definition of “conflict” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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