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

Richardson quickly realized that real-life combat is infinitely more brutal and tragic than Hollywood’s version. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "‘I’d like to volunteer, sir’: Memories of D-Day live on through oral histories," 5 June 2019 Montlaur suffered several wounds in hand-to-hand combat on D-Day, and had to carry shrapnel in his face for the rest of his life. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eleven Museums and Memorials Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 4 June 2019 The caucus, launched after a meeting convened by the American Jewish Committee in January, will work to bring blacks and Jews together to back hate crimes legislation and combat white supremacist ideology and actions. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Lawmakers launch congressional black-Jewish caucus," 4 June 2019 The Navy’s surface force still relied on battleships to provide the decisive arm in naval combat, and the fleet that engaged first could well be victorious. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could Airships Really Revolutionize the U.S. Navy?," 21 May 2019 Many are confused as to why Arya, who's so good at combat, was given this ending. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Are Not Happy With Arya’s Ending on Game of Thrones," 20 May 2019 These evolutionary adaptations go a long way, but sheltering techniques can also help combat particularly rough environments. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 The season also brought the first air vehicle — a fighter plane — as well as zip lines for speedier travel and more dynamic combat. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Although the main focus of the ominous images is the impeding combat, some GoT fans got hooked on a smaller detail. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is That a Face Behind Sansa Stark in the New Game of Thrones Photos?," 26 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Firefighter crews wear protective gear and take precautions for their safety when combating the fire, Vonk said. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "Coldwater Fire crews work toward containment along Highway 87; expect travel delays in area," 10 June 2019 Fifty-seven engines, 11 water tenders, 4 helicopters, 25 hand crews and 12 bulldozers have been dispatched to fight the fire, with 740 people combatting the blaze. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighters make progress in battling Sand Fire, Malech Fire," 10 June 2019 But the president has continued to ratchet up the pain, using arcane measures generally reserved to combat terrorism and nuclear proliferation to punish Chinese companies. New York Times, "Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights," 8 June 2019 Recycling is a practice meant to extend the life of Alaska’s landfills and combat a steady pileup of global waste that is contaminating natural resources. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How to recycle like a pro in Anchorage," 7 June 2019 Kevon Looney pleasantly surprised the Warriors with a return after suffering what was initially considered a season-ending injury in Game 2, but his 10 points and six rebounds did little to combat everything else. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Raptors 105; Warriors 92: Warriors crumble in what could be final game at Oracle Arena," 7 June 2019 To combat the high number of LGBTQ+ youth, which make up nearly 40% of the total homeless youth across the country, Bombas is teaming up with Ally Coalition and donate 40% of all donation socks. James Love, Essence, "Happy Pride Month! Celebrate Love And Inclusivity With These Fire Collaborations," 7 June 2019 Mobile pantries play an essential role in combatting food insecurity in rural counties – providing both food and hope. Christian Science Monitor, "The Culture | Food," 7 June 2019 West Virginia Morgantown: HepConnect, a five-year initiative to combat the rise of hepatitis C infections, has launched at West Virginia University. USA TODAY, "Ladybug storm, a riot going on, sweaty Sparty: News from around our 50 states," 6 June 2019

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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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
formal : 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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