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battle

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noun, often attributive bat·tle \ˈba-təl\

Simple Definition of battle

  • : a military fight between groups of soldiers, ships, airplanes, etc.

  • : a violent fight in which people use weapons

  • : a fight between people or groups in which each side tries to win a contest (such as a game or an election) or to gain control of something (such as a company)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of battle

  1. 1 archaic :  battalion

  2. 2 :  a combat between two persons

  3. 3 :  a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft

  4. 4 :  an extended contest, struggle, or controversy <a battle of wits>

Examples of battle in a sentence

  1. That two-day conflict has become one of the most famous battles in history.

  2. The battle continued late into the night.

  3. Thousands of soldiers were willing to go into battle to fight the enemy.

  4. A police officer was injured in a gun battle that took place last night.

  5. The company was involved in a legal battle with one of its employees.

  6. the never-ending battle between good and evil



Origin and Etymology of battle

Middle English batel, from Anglo-French bataille battle, battalion, from Late Latin battalia combat, alteration of battualia fencing exercises, from Latin battuere to beat


First Known Use: 13th century


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battle

verb bat·tle

Definition of battle

battled

battling

play \ˈbat-liŋ, ˈba-təl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engage in battle :  fight

  3. 2 :  to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources :  struggle

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to fight or struggle against

  6. 2 :  to force (as one's way) by battling

battler

play \-lər, ˈba-təl-ər\ noun


14th Century

First Known Use of battle

14th century


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battle

verb bat·tle

Definition of battle

battled

battling

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fortify with battlements



Origin and Etymology of battle

Middle English batailen, from Anglo-French bataillier to fortify with battlements, from Old French batailles battlemented tower, probably from plural of bataille battle


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with battle



BATTLE Defined for Kids

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battle

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noun bat·tle \ˈba-təl\

Definition of battle for Students

  1. 1 :  a fight between armies, warships, or airplanes

  2. 2 :  a fight between two persons or animals

  3. 3 :  a long or hard struggle or contest <the battle against hunger>

  4. 4 :  warfare 1, combat




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battle

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verb bat·tle

Definition of battle for Students

battled

battling

  1. 1 :  to engage in fighting

  2. 2 :  to try to stop or defeat <battling a forest fire>





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