war

  1. the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

    Synonyms : warfare
    Type Of : action, military action
    Examples :
    • thousands of people were killed in the war
  2. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply

    Synonyms : state of war
    Antonyms : peace
    Type Of : enmity, antagonism, hostility
    Examples :
    • war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring
  3. an active struggle between competing entities

    Synonyms : warfare
    Type Of : struggle, conflict, battle
    Examples :
    • a price war
    • a war of wits
    • diplomatic warfare
  4. a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

    Type Of : drive, effort, movement, campaign, cause, crusade
    Examples :
    • the war on poverty
    • the war against crime
  5. make or wage war

    Antonyms : make peace
    Type Of : fight, contend, struggle

watch out

  1. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

    Synonyms : look out, watch

whitewash

  1. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

    Synonyms : gloss over, hush up, sleek over
    Type Of : cover, cover up
    Examples :
    • Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin
  2. a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

    Type Of : defeat, licking
  3. a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

    Type Of : clearing
  4. cover with whitewash

    Type Of : wash
    Examples :
    • whitewash walls
  5. exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

    Type Of : clear, assoil, acquit, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
  6. wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

    Type Of : wash

withdraw

  1. break from a meeting or gathering

    Synonyms : adjourn, retire
    Type Of : close up, shut down, fold, close, close down
  2. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

    Synonyms : remove, take, take away
    Examples :
    • This machine withdraws heat from the environment
  3. cause to be returned

    Synonyms : call back, call in, recall
    Type Of : take
  4. lose interest

    Synonyms : retire
    Type Of : tire, weary, fatigue, pall, jade
  5. retire gracefully

    Synonyms : bow out
    Type Of : retire
  6. pull back or move away or backward

    Synonyms : draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat
    Type Of : locomote, move, travel, go
  7. keep away from others

    Synonyms : seclude, sequester, sequestrate
    Type Of : isolate, insulate
  8. take back what one has said

    Synonyms : swallow, take back, unsay
    Type Of : repudiate, renounce, disown
  9. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

    Synonyms : back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat
  10. withdraw from active participation

    Synonyms : retire
    Type Of : discontinue, quit, lay off, cease, give up, stop
  11. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

    Synonyms : disengage
    Type Of : let go of, release, relinquish, let go
  12. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

    Synonyms : draw, draw off, take out
    Antonyms : deposit
    Type Of : remove, take, take away

wear off

  1. diminish, as by friction

    Synonyms : wear away
    Type Of : withdraw, remove, take, take away
  2. deteriorate through use or stress

    Synonyms : wear, wear down, wear out, wear thin
    Type Of : deteriorate

white lie

  1. an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)

    Type Of : lie, prevarication

wits

  1. the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception

    Synonyms : marbles
    Type Of : intelligence
    Examples :
    • he used his wits to get ahead
    • I was scared out of my wits

woefully

  1. in an unfortunate or deplorable manner

    Synonyms : deplorably, lamentably, sadly
    Examples :
    • it was woefully inadequate

way

  1. space for movement

    Synonyms : elbow room, room
    Type Of : position, spatial relation
    Examples :
    • make way for
  2. a course of conduct

    Synonyms : path, way of life
    Type Of : course of action, course
    Examples :
    • we went our separate ways
  3. thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end

    Synonyms : agency, means
    Type Of : implementation, effectuation
    Examples :
    • the true way to success
  4. a line leading to a place or point

    Synonyms : direction
    Type Of : itinerary, path, route
    Examples :
    • didn't know the way home
  5. to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)

    Synonyms : right smart
    Examples :
    • way over budget
    • way off base
  6. how something is done or how it happens

    Synonyms : fashion, manner, mode, style
    Type Of : property
    Examples :
    • a lonely way of life
  7. a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'

    Type Of : category
    Examples :
    • they didn't have much in the way of clothing
  8. a journey or passage

    Type Of : journey, journeying
    Examples :
    • they are on the way
  9. any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

    Type Of : artifact, artefact
    Examples :
    • he said he was looking for the way out
  10. a portion of something divided into shares

    Type Of : portion, percentage, part, share
    Examples :
    • they split the loot three ways
  11. doing as one pleases or chooses

    Type Of : pick, choice, selection
    Examples :
    • if I had my way
  12. the condition of things generally

    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • that's the way it is
    • I felt the same way
  13. the property of distance in general

    Type Of : distance
    Examples :
    • it's a long way to Moscow
    • he went a long ways

word-of-mouth

  1. expressed orally

    Synonyms : viva-voce
    Examples :
    • the film had good word-of-mouth publicity