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battle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of battle

  1. 1 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective <passing the driving test was an uphill battle, but she finally succeeded> Synonyms struggle, fight, fray, scrabble, throesRelated Words effort, exertion, labor, pains, trouble, work; drudgery, grind, sweat, toil, travail; combat, conflict, contest, strife, tussle, war, warfare; attempt, endeavor, essay, try

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups <a battle between rival gangs left two people lying dead on the street> Synonyms fight, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussleRelated Words pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfightNear Antonyms truce

  3. 3 active fighting during the course of a war <soldiers who desperately wanted to forget the horrors that they had witnessed in battle> Synonyms action, combat, fieldRelated Words attack, fire, firefight, pitched battle, single combat; hostilities, operations, warfare; duty, service

  4. 4 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another <the chess game was a real battle between two of the world's best players> Synonyms ball game, contest, combat, competition, conflict, confrontation, contention, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfareRelated Words horse race, nail-biter; showdown; clash, collision, discord, friction; argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangleNear Antonyms concord, harmony, peace




battle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of battle

  1. 1 to engage in a contest <the two teams, which have long been archrivals, will battle on the court for the state championship> Synonyms compete, contend, face off, fight, race, rival, vieRelated Words challenge, engage, play; jockey, jostle, maneuver; go out, try out; train, work

  2. 2 to enter into contest or conflict with <the two top-seeded tennis players battled each other for almost three hours> Synonyms engage, encounter, face, meet, take onRelated Words emulate, rival; contend, fight, opposeNear Antonyms elude, escape, evade; retreat

  3. 3 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict <Andrew Jackson first gained fame as a military commander battling the Creek Indians during the War of 1812> Synonyms fight, clash (with), combat, scrimmage (with), skirmish (with), war (against)Related Words duel, joust; bang, bash, bat, batter, beat, belt, bludgeon, bop, buffet, clobber, hammer, hit, knock, paste, pound, punch, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, smite, sock, strike, swat, swipe, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale; box, spar; brawl; grapple, scuffle, tussle, wrestle; bump, collideNear Antonyms give up, submit, surrender

  4. 4 to strive to reduce or eliminate <we must battle hunger and poverty wherever they exist> Synonyms fight, combat, contend (with), counter, oppose, oppugnRelated Words baffle, checkmate, foil, frustrate, resist, thwart, withstand; confront, defy, face, meetNear Antonyms abide, bear, endure, suffer; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, upholdAntonyms advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote





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