|1.||[ noun ] (military) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy|
"thousands of people were killed in the war"
|Related terms:||military_action civil_war biological_warfare Korean_War world_war Spanish-American_War hot_war Boer_War Franco-Prussian_War chemical_warfare jihad Mexican_War psychological_warfare punic_war Trojan_War Crimean_War War_of_the_Spanish_Succession French_and_Indian_War Hundred_Years'_War Iran-Iraq_War war_of_greek_independence Peloponnesian_War Napoleonic_Wars Persian_Gulf_War Punic_Wars Arab-Israeli_War Russo-Japanese_War Seven_Years'_War Arab-Israeli_War Thirty_Years'_War Balkan_Wars Vietnam_War War_of_the_Austrian_Succession War_of_the_Grand_Alliance limited_war War_of_the_Roses information_warfare international_jihad chino-japanese_war war_of_1812 macedonian_war battle combat aggression side plunderer de-escalation military|
|2.||[ noun ] (military) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply|
"war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
|Related terms:||peace hostility proxy_war|
|3.||[ noun ] an active struggle between competing entities|
"a price war" "a war of wits" "diplomatic warfare"
|Related terms:||conflict drug_war|
|4.||[ noun ] a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious|
"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"
|5.||[ verb ] (military) make or wage war|
|Related terms:||make_peace fight go_to_war blitzkrieg|