combat

noun
com·bat | \ˈkäm-ˌbat \

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, 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 \

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

This was the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death in Africa since four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October. CBS News, "U.S. soldier killed in Somalia identified as Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad," 10 June 2018 This was the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death in Africa since four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October. Abdi Guled, The Seattle Times, "US military: 4 soldiers wounded in Somalia treated, in Kenya," 10 June 2018 This was the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death in Africa since four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "U.S. special ops soldier killed, 4 wounded in attack by extremists in Somalia," 9 June 2018 That is greater than the number of American combat deaths in the second world war and the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. The Economist, "Some good news from the fight against opioids," 31 May 2018 In addition, 22-year-old US soldier, Gabriel Conde, was also killed that day in a combat operation in the east of the country -- the first US combat death in Afghanistan since January 1. Sheena Mckenzie And Ehsan Popalzai, CNN, "Over a dozen killed in mosque blast, as violence grips Afghanistan," 6 May 2018 The president has called for space combat to be included in the Armed Forces several times before, but Trump would need congressional approval to establish anything like it. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "News stories you may have missed during family separations uproar," 22 June 2018 The prestigious badge indicates someone who fought in active ground combat in an infantry, special forces or Ranger unit. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin American Legion official lied about serving in Vietnam," 17 June 2018 Each month might see our fighter jets in mock combat over the skies of South Korea. James Stavridis, Time, "I Was a Navy Admiral. Here's Why Ending 'War Games' With South Korea Would Be a Grave Mistake," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In recent months, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections has tried to combat the problem with raises and incentives. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP leaders say wage increases not on table despite Wisconsin prison overtime costs, staffing shortage," 12 July 2018 Her message of combating income inequality tends to appeal to the same working class voters in places like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin who helped elect Trump in 2016. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Critics say Trump’s insults of Warren were a double scoop of misogyny, racism," 6 July 2018 This topic is going to be raised again in the meeting between the two leaders, who are also expected to talk about the NATO summit, and combatting terrorism. CBS News, "Trump meets with NATO secretary general — live updates," 17 May 2018 Seeking new insights into combatting bigotry, several dozen of the women traveled to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee in April, visiting sites commemorating the civil rights movement. Jeff Karoub And David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, "American Muslims and Jews band together in the face of Mideast turmoil," 15 May 2018 Waters, Reed and other speakers urged the more than 50 attendees to find ways to take action and to help organize neighborhoods and communities to help combat violence. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters talks violence at Cleveland community solutions forum," 21 Apr. 2018 Israel recently hosted a global forum to address the various ways of combatting anti-Semitism that drew experts from around the world. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls," 11 Apr. 2018 There is no cure, but physical therapy and medication are used to combat symptoms that include trouble walking and running, frequent falling and difficulty getting up, and learning disabilities, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Firefighters answer call to make boy's birthday dream come true," 7 July 2018 Several countries, in the name of combatting plastic pollution in the ocean, have begun banning various plastic products: utensils, bottles, and bags that often get thrown away after one use. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Combat summer heat and humidity with beauty products that put the emphasis on natural and organic ingredients. Christy Lorio, NOLA.com, "5 all-natural, skin refreshing beauty products," 2 Aug. 2017

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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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Phrases Related to combat

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16 Oct 2018

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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 \

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, 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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