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battle

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

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 the battle of Normandy soldiers who fell in battle

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

  5. 5 :  a struggle to succeed or survive her battle with cancer … I came home and faced an uphill battle to gain support for the treaty in the U.S. Senate. — Al Gore

do battle

  1. :  to engage in a fight or struggle … used to do battle with the fearless radicals of the Socialist Workers Party … — Salman Rushdie

half the battle

  1. :  an important and necessary part of doing or achieving something I think you will prosper, for the sincere wish to be good is half the battle. — Louisa May Alcott In the positioning war, half the battle is picking the right enemy. — Ted Morgan —often used with words like only and just to stress that something is not enough by itself to achieve a desired goal Selecting which partners and investors to woo is only half the battle. Knowing how to pitch them is equally important. — Michelle Goodman

in the heat of (the) battle

  1. :  while fighting a battle soldiers in the heat of battle :  during the stress of a struggle, argument, or confrontation That's how we fight our battles in boxing … In the heat of battle we all say crazy things we are not accountable for.—Bob Arum

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

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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


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battle

verb bat·tle

Definition of battle

battled

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battling

play \ˈbat-liŋ, ˈba-təl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engage in combat between individuals or armed forces :  to engage in battle :  fight battling for control of the bridge

  3. 2 :  to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources :  struggle They battled to keep their son out of jail. battling over how to spend the money

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to fight or struggle against battling cancer two teams set to battle each other for the championship battling it out in the courtroom

  6. 2 :  to force, thrust, or drive by battling battling his way through the crowd

battler

play \-lər, ˈba-təl-ər\ noun

battle it out

  1. :  to engage in a prolonged fight, argument, or struggle The two sides battled it out in court. … predicting that she and her 15-year-old sister, Serena, would soon be battling it out for No. 1. — S. L. Price

Recent Examples of battle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of battle

Middle English bataillen, borrowed from Anglo-French batailler, verbal derivative of bataille 1battle


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battle

verb bat·tle

Definition of battle

battled

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battling

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fortify with battlements … beneath the battled tower. — Alfred Tennyson

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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


BATTLE Defined for English Language Learners

battle

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noun

Definition of battle for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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

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battling

  1. 1 :  to engage in fighting

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



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