War, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Warred p. pr. & vb. n. Warring.]
1. To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it. --Isa. vii. 1.
Why should I war without the walls of Troy? --Shak.
Our countrymen were warring on that day! --Byron.
2. To contend; to strive violently; to fight. “Lusts which war against the soul.”
n 1: the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of
people were killed in the war" [syn: warfare]
2: 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" [syn: state
of war] [ant: peace]
3: an active struggle between competing entities; "a price
war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare" [syn: warfare]
4: a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious;
"the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
v : make or wage war [ant: make peace]
[also: warring, warred]
adj : engaged in war; "belligerent (or warring) nations"; "a
fighting war" [syn: belligerent, fighting, militant,