bat·​tle·​ground | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce battleground (audio) \

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battlefield, field

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Examples of battleground in a Sentence

the verdant hill suddenly turned into a bloody battleground

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But as some Trump aides were drafting that speech, others were casting doubt on the significance of a climate threat to a key battleground state: the degradation of coral reefs in Florida., "Trump administration throws cold water on climate change threat to coral reefs in Florida," 9 Aug. 2019 All the candidates were warmly welcomed, a sign of the challenge Trump will face in November 2020 in battleground states with large Latino and immigrant populations, such as Nevada and Florida. Los Angeles Times, "Trump told to ‘stop the hatred’ as Latinos gather in San Diego," 5 Aug. 2019 Unlike more recent presidential elections, Colorado isn’t expected to be a key battleground state. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "In Denver, Kamala Harris promises to write a new chapter for America," 2 Aug. 2019 Becoming a battleground state in presidential elections again might be aiming too high for California’s GOP, however. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Why the GOP Has Declined in California," 1 Aug. 2019 The mystery remains: Does this polling data account for the unexpected targeting of the Internet Research Agency’s efforts on battleground states like Michigan and Wisconsin? Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller’s Mind," 22 July 2019 After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate. Jonathan Martin,, "Anxious Democratic governors urge 2020 field not to veer too far left," 19 July 2019 Florida's 29 electoral votes is the biggest prize among a handful of battleground states that are expected to decide the 2020 presidential election. Bobby Caina Calvan,, "Democrats complain of Trump ‘ballot bias’ in 2020 election," 16 July 2019 Going red: Columnist Brent Larkin makes the argument that economic decline has led to Ohio losing its status as a battleground state in the 2020 presidential election. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Business tax exemption key hang-up in Ohio budget talks: Capitol Letter," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of battleground

1573, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of battleground

: a place where a battle is fought
: an area of conflict or disagreement


bat·​tle·​ground | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌgrau̇nd How to pronounce battleground (audio) \

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