conflict noun

1 fight/argument


big, great, major | bitter, serious, violent | growing, increasing | constant, continued, continuing, unresolved
He is in constant conflict with the authorities.
| open, overt | global, internal, regional | armed, military | civil, class, cultural, ethnic, family, industrial, political, social, religious


bring sb/sth into, cause, come into, create, lead to, provoke
His work brought him into conflict with more conventional scientists. The decision led to a bitter conflict between the management and unions.
| avert, avoid, prevent
They hid their feelings to avoid conflict.
| handle | end, resolve, settle, solve
The United Nations are hoping to resolve the conflict quickly.


arise (from sth), occur
The conflict arose from different ambitions within the team.


during/in a/the ~
Thousands have been arrested in violent ethnic conflicts in the region.
| in ~
They found themselves in conflict over the future of the firm.
| in ~ with
in conflict with management
| ~ about/over
a conflict over ownership of the land
| ~ between
conflicts between different ethnic groups
| ~ with
to end the conflict with France
| ~ within
serious conflicts within the ruling party


an area/a source of conflict, in direct conflict with sb

2 difference between ideas/wishes, etc.


fundamental, serious, sharp | direct | inherent
the inherent conflict between the demands of farmers and wishes of environmentalists
| inner | ideological


situation | management, resolution
the key to successful conflict management


in ~ with
in direct conflict with his wishes
| ~ between
the conflict between science and religion
| ~ of
a serious conflict of opinion


a conflict of interests/loyalties


conflict verb


how to reconcile apparently conflicting goals
| potentially
potentially conflicting values


His opinions conflicted with mine.





What is a collocation?

A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations (for example collocations with “conflict”) just sound “right” to native English speakers, who use them all the time. On the other hand, other combinations of “conflict” may be unnatural and just sound “wrong”.

Using collocations list of “conflict” improves your English, especially your English speaking skills, and increases your vocabulary words in English.


Why learn collocations with “conflict”?

  • When using collocations with “conflict”, Your language will be more natural and more easily understood.
  • You will have alternative and richer ways of expressing yourself.
  • It is easier for our brains to remember and use language in chunks or blocks such as Common Collocations with “conflict” rather than as single words (conflict | Definitions, Meanings, Synonyms and Antonyms of “conflict”)

How to learn collocations with “conflict”?

  • Be aware of collocations with conflict , and try to recognize them when you see or hear them.
  • Treat collocations  as single blocks of language. Think of them as individual blocks or chunks, and learn strongly support, not strongly + support.
  • When you learn a new word  (e.g. conflict | Definitions, Meanings, Synonyms and Antonyms of “conflict”), write down other words that collocate with it.
  • Read as much as possible. Reading is an excellent way to learn vocabulary and collocations of  “conflict” in context and naturally.
  • Revise what you learn regularly. Practice using new collocations with “conflict” in context as soon as possible after learning them.
  • Learn collocations with “conflict” in groups that work for you. You could learn them by topic (time, number, weather, money, family) or by a particular word (take action, take a chance, take an exam).


Types of collocation with “conflict”

There are several different types of collocation made from combinations of verb, noun, adjective etc. Some of the most common types are:

  • adverb + adjective: completely satisfied (NOT downright satisfied)
  • adjective + noun: excruciating pain (NOT excruciating joy)
  • noun + noun: a surge of anger (NOT a rush of anger)
  • noun + verb: lions roar (NOT lions shout)
  • verb + noun: commit suicide (NOT undertake suicide)
  • verb + expression with preposition: burst into tears (NOT blow up in tears)
  • verb + adverb: wave frantically (NOT wave feverishly)


Using Collocations of conflict to Boost Your IELTS Score

The correct use of collocations of “conflict” is an essential part of improving your English level and boosting your IELTS score. Using collocations + “conflict” sentence examples correctly allows you to write and speak more like a native speaker and they are also one of the things that examiners look out for when marking your tests.