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American English: /wɔr/
British English: /wɔː/

Translation of war in Spanish:


countable or uncountable
  • during the (19)14-18 war
    durante la guerra del 14
    the War of Independence
    la Guerra de la Independencia
    First/Second World War,, World War I/II
    Primera/Segunda Guerra Mundial
    a holy war
    una guerra santa
    to be at war with somebody/something
    estar en guerra con alguien/algo
    to wage war
    hacer la guerra
    to declare war on somebody/something
    declararle la guerra a alguien/algo
    to go to war (with somebody) (over something)
    entrar en guerra (con alguien) (por algo)
    an act of war
    un acto bélico or de guerra
    the war on crime/poverty
    la lucha contra la delincuencia/la pobreza
    a war of nerves
    una guerra de nervios
    a war of words has broken out
    ha empezado una discusión
    the class war
    la lucha de clases
    a price war
    una guerra de precios
    to be in the warsyou look as if you've been in the wars!
    ¡parece que vienes de la guerra!
    war dead
    muertos (masculine plural) de guerra
    war refugee war veteran

intransitive verb -rr-

  • [literary] (usually in -ing form)
    Example sentences
    • Every emotion he'd ever known warred within his head and gut, twisting his insides about with sickening force.
    • As both books well demonstrate, the organizations warred with each other as much as they worked against a common enemy.
    • Frustration and uncertainty had warred within him as he awaited Jerry's arrival home.

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    In some parts of Spain, the name given to a weekly open-air flea market where all kinds of items are sold is a rastro. The name El Rastro as such refers to a very big market of this type held in Madrid at weekends.