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’
    • ‘I am unhappy about US actions in the world, I am unhappy about going to war and attacking civilians.’
    • ‘They are also the same mob who you and I go to war to fight for freedom and democracy, but not them.’
    • ‘My father let his anger run away with him, he went to war against Egypt and attacked Egypt.’
    • ‘The argument is not that democracies never go to war; democracies have gone to war as often as have non-democracies.’
    • ‘Taiko is the ancient art of drumming that was performed by the Japanese on the battlefield before going to war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the Second World War, they also went to war and they fought the best way they could.’
    • ‘But it's not like we're going to go to war to fight for the cheeky girl's honour.’
    • ‘Questions are piling up about going to war or not going to war, with one or both.’
    • ‘No one just goes to war anymore, in fact no one even declares it.’
    battle, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war, take up arms
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