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combat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of combat

  1. 1 active fighting during the course of a war <a soldier who served throughout the war without actually seeing combat> Synonyms action, battle, field Related Words attack, fire, firefight, pitched battle, single combat; hostilities, operations, warfare; duty, service

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups <the two stags entered a furious combat for dominance of the herd> Synonyms battle, clash, fight, 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 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another <the fierce ideological combat between the religionists and the secularists> Synonyms ball game, battle, contest, 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




combat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of combat

  1. 1 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict <a general eager to combat the enemy on his own ground> Synonyms battle, clash (with), fight, 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

  2. 2 to strive to reduce or eliminate <must marshal all of our resources to combat this disease> Synonyms battle, fight, 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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