combat


1com·bat

noun \ˈkäm-ˌbat\

: active fighting especially in a war

Full Definition of COMBAT

1
:  a fight or contest between individuals or groups
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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2com·bat

verb \kəm-ˈbat, ˈkäm-ˌ\

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

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

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

Full Definition of COMBAT

intransitive verb
:  to engage in combat :  fight
transitive verb
1
:  to fight with :  battle
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.

First Known Use of COMBAT

1564

3com·bat

adjective \ˈkäm-ˌbat\

Definition of COMBAT

1
:  relating to combat <combat missions>
2
:  designed or destined for combat <combat boots> <combat troops>

First Known Use of COMBAT

1825

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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