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declare war

1. To officially announce the intention to fight against an enemy country or group in a war. We will have to declare war if the rebels advance over our border.
2. To announce the intention to vehemently oppose someone or something. This usage does not refer to physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
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declare war

1. To state formally the intention to carry on armed hostilities against.
2. To state one's intent to suppress or eradicate: declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood.
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Under the Westminster style of government, the power to formally declare war evolved from the prerogative of the Crown to do so on the recommendation of the duly elected Cabinet.
Philip Aguer stressed that his country takes statements of Sudanese officials seriously, saying the Sudanese government sought to declare war against his country since long time ago.
November 5: Britain and France declare war on the Ottoman Empire.
Two days later, Germany's ally, Austria-Hungary, also declared war on Russia, prompting Russia's ally, Serbia (which essentially had triggered the whole mess) to declare war on Germany.
It should go without saying that the Americans resisted the temptation to declare war on "bombing" in response.
On Friday, Paul was responding to a question from an Iowa voter who asked the Texas Congressman whether he could conceive of a situation where he would preemptively declare war on a country.
2) Congressionalists argue that the original understanding of the Declare War Clause required Congress to authorize all acts of war, except those in response to a sudden attack.
In examining debates over the role of declarations of war in recent conflicts involving the United States, Saikrishna Prakash has proposed that there are three different approaches for understanding what declarations of war entail in the US constitution: a categorical theory that states that the authority to declare war includes the power to control all decisions to enter war, a pragmatic theory that proposes that such power may be made unnecessary by an act of war in itself against the United States, and a formalist theory that holds that the power of declaring war constitutes only a formal implementation of executive power to conduct war.
The following section discusses how Congress would act on a joint resolution or bill to declare war or authorize the use of force if the House and Senate were to consider that measure under the regular procedures of each house.
ANKARA, May 31, 2010 (TUR) -- The Turkish acting prime minister said on Monday that no one should expect Turkey to declare war against Israel.
In the front-page analysis as to what the political platform of the Albanian parties in Macedonia is, Mirka Velinovska says that the militant Albanian criminals that issued a communique a day after the statement of the four ambassadors are ready in the name of the Euro-Atlantic future to declare war on the country that is reintegrating them and acquitting them even of war crimes.
In a February 7 interview with "Fox News Sunday," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said, "Say he decided to declare war on Iran or to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do, .
Summary: Senior Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah on Sunday urged all Arab Muslim and non-Muslim parties to fight against Israel, saying that when the enemy launched a war against Palestine and the Arab world, "it was only legal to declare war back.
Who do we declare war on now that the Poles have done the same to us?
Parliament has been consulted but it has never expressly claimed the right to declare war (or its equivalent), or to say when it has ended, or how it shall be conducted.