Definition of go to war in English:

go to war


  • Declare, begin, or see active service in a war.

    ‘he joined the RAF before the country went to war’
    ‘of the four brothers who went to war, only Thomas survived’
    • ‘During the Second World War, they also went to war and they fought the best way they could.’
    • ‘I am unhappy about US actions in the world, I am unhappy about going to war and attacking civilians.’
    • ‘The argument is not that democracies never go to war; democracies have gone to war as often as have non-democracies.’
    • ‘But it's not like we're going to go to war to fight for the cheeky girl's honour.’
    • ‘They are also the same mob who you and I go to war to fight for freedom and democracy, but not them.’
    • ‘Taiko is the ancient art of drumming that was performed by the Japanese on the battlefield before going to war.’
    • ‘No one just goes to war anymore, in fact no one even declares it.’
    • ‘My father let his anger run away with him, he went to war against Egypt and attacked Egypt.’
    • ‘It's hard to fake an attack, but it's easy to hype up an argument about why we should go to war without having been attacked.’
    • ‘Questions are piling up about going to war or not going to war, with one or both.’
    battle, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war, take up arms
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