combat

noun
com·​bat | \ ˈkäm-ˌbat How to pronounce combat (audio) \

Definition of combat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a fight or contest between individuals or groups
3 : active fighting in a war : action casualties suffered in combat

combat

verb
com·​bat | \ kəm-ˈbat How to pronounce combat (audio) , ˈkäm-ˌba- \
combated or combatted; combating or combatting

Definition of combat (Entry 2 of 3)

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

combat

adjective
com·​bat | \ ˈkäm-ˌbat How to pronounce combat (audio) \

Definition of combat (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Verb

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare. opposed the plan combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something. combat disease resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it. resisting temptation withstand suggests a more passive resistance. trying to withstand peer pressure

Examples of combat in a Sentence

Noun Some of these soldiers have never seen combat. He was killed in combat. Verb The drug helps combat infection. She dedicated her life to combating poverty. Exercise can help combat the effects of stress. The mayor pledged to combat crime. They have been combating the rebels for months.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His mother and uncles, both combat veterans, are doing their best to raise him while dealing with their post-war trauma. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Jan. 2022 The two post-9/11 combat veterans' groups say they are united in opposing endless wars and championing military accountability. James Gordon Meek, ABC News, 16 Dec. 2021 It was added to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1980 and used to explain a condition afflicting some Vietnam War combat veterans. Ayana Byrd, Health.com, 16 Dec. 2021 If passed, the spending plan aims to transform the nation's social safety net and combat climate change. Katie Lobosco And Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 Heroes to Heroes Foundation, philanthropically supported by JNF-USA’s Boruchin Center, is intended to help American combat veterans who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Avoid Stereotypes Veterans Day content often focuses on combat veterans, but the reality is that this represents only a fraction of the U.S. military. Hunter Johnson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Instead of drawing attention to the tear-shedder, Jakub — who is based in Charlottesville and frequently works with combat veterans — makes eye contact and offers a meaningful nod. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 The World War II combat veterans will be guests of the 1st Marine Division Association and the Camp Pendleton Historical Society. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As for additional measures, such as reinstituting a mask mandate or capacity limits for places where people gather in public, Dimitrijevic said the city needed those tools and more to combat the pandemic. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Dec. 2021 This follows an equally strong 2020 during which CEO Mary Barra modeled corporate citizenship, helping the nation combat the COVID pandemic by revamping factories to make emergency ventilators and PPE supplies. Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Doctors said the Biden administration's plan to administer free tests is a big step in helping combat the pandemic, but more information is needed. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Becerra said during the meeting with reporters that the administration may need to ask Congress for more funding to combat the pandemic, citing the unknowns of the new variant. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021 In March 2020, just as government stay-at-home orders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic were beginning, a group of homeless and housing insecure Angelenos broke into some of the homes with the intent of staying. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2021 To combat the still-undefeated pandemic, is the world ready to act on principle? Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is expected to reveal a comprehensive plan today to combat the pandemic this winter. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 The ruling is another legal blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to combat the pandemic by increasing vaccination rates through mandates and requirements. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The junior sailor was charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel a fire that was the worst non-combat Navy warship blaze in recent memory. Julie Watson, ajc, 13 Dec. 2021 Black servicemen in America’s segregated military were typically relegated to non-combat jobs, even in the war zone. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Dec. 2021 Pahon declined to elaborate on the nature of the non-combat incident deaths aside from saying they were not caused by enemy fire. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 From 2010 to 2019 — the years covered by the study — the Army and Marine Corps reported 123 non-combat military deaths related to tactical vehicle accidents. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 Earlier, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson boxed a four-round exhibition against multi-combat sport veteran Brian Maxwell. CBS News, 7 June 2021 The program had been restricted to non-combat areas such as English-language training. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Anthony Bermudez, a Grand Prairie native, died in a non-combat vehicle accident in Kuwait on Monday, according to multiple reports. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 14 Jan. 2021 Women, meanwhile, were only allowed to take command positions in non-combat roles in the 1970s. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of combat

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1564, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for combat

Noun

Anglo-French, from combatre to attack, fight, from Vulgar Latin *combattere, from Latin com- + battuere to beat

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2022

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“Combat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/combat. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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combat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of combat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: active fighting especially in a war

combat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of combat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to try to stop (something) from happening or getting worse
: to fight against (someone) : to engage in combat against (an enemy)

combat

noun
com·​bat | \ ˈkäm-ˌbat How to pronounce combat (audio) \

Kids Definition of combat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fight or contest between individuals or groups
2 : active military fighting Five soldiers were wounded in combat.

combat

verb
com·​bat | \ kəm-ˈbat How to pronounce combat (audio) , ˈkäm-ˌbat \
combated or combatted; combating or combatting

Kids Definition of combat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fight with : fight against : oppose combat disease

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