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combat

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noun com·bat \ˈkäm-ˌbat\

Simple Definition of combat

  • : active fighting especially in a war

Full Definition of combat

  1. 1 :  a fight or contest between individuals or groups

  2. 2 :  conflict, controversy

  3. 3 :  active fighting in a war :  action <casualties suffered in combat>

Examples of combat

  1. Some of these soldiers have never seen combat.

  2. He was killed in combat.



Origin of combat

Anglo-French, from combatre to attack, fight, from Vulgar Latin *combattere, from Latin com- + battuere to beat


First Known Use: 1546


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combat

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verb com·bat \kəm-ˈbat, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Simple Definition of combat

  • : to try to stop (something) from happening or getting worse

  • : to fight against (someone) : to engage in combat against (an enemy)

Full Definition of combat

com·bat·ed or com·bat·tedcom·bat·ing or com·bat·ting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in combat :  fight

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to fight with :  battle

  5. 2 :  to struggle against; especially :  to strive to reduce or eliminate <combat pollution>

Examples of combat

  1. The drug helps combat infection.

  2. She dedicated her life to combating poverty.

  3. Exercise can help combat the effects of stress.

  4. The mayor pledged to combat crime.

  5. They have been combating the rebels for months.



1564

First Known Use of combat

1564

Synonym Discussion of combat

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare <opposed the plan>. combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something <combat disease>. resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it <resisting temptation>. withstand suggests a more passive resistance <trying to withstand peer pressure>.

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combat

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adjective com·bat \ˈkäm-ˌbat\

Definition of combat

  1. 1 :  relating to combat <combat missions>

  2. 2 :  designed or destined for combat <combat boots> <combat troops>



1825

First Known Use of combat

1825



COMBAT Defined for Kids

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combat

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noun com·bat \ˈkäm-ˌbat\

Definition of combat

  1. 1 :  a fight or contest between individuals or groups

  2. 2 :  active military fighting <Five soldiers were wounded in combat.>




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combat

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verb com·bat \kəm-ˈbat, ˈkäm-ˌbat\

Definition of combat

com·bat·ed or com·bat·tedcom·bat·ing or com·bat·ting

  1. :  to fight with :  fight against :  oppose <combat disease>





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