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

The British government has been trying to sell Saudi Arabia more Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Germany to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi Killing," 19 Nov. 2018 Schwartz is a strength, conditioning and nutrition coach at All Fit in Orlando, as well as a former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and combat medic who served four years with the Marines during operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 Eatman was one of the last surviving World War II veterans who, as a member of the 82nd Airborne, took part in all four of the war's major combat jumps: Normandy, Sicily, Italy and Holland. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "NC paratrooper 'defeated Nazism, liberated Europe' in all of war's major combat jumps," 10 July 2018 Air Force Pararescuemen are among the best combat medics in the military and are all qualified divers. John Ismay, New York Times, "Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains," 10 July 2018 The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, authentic combat armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Tickets for two The Maryland Renaissance Festival," 9 July 2018 Only four of its 128 Eurofighter jets are combat-ready. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 Within days of coming ashore, the inexperienced Americans were engaged in heavy combat with Bolshevik troops armed with airplanes, artillery and machine guns. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Since all combat jobs opened to women in January 2016, those numbers will likely grow. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The combination of these revelations — as well as the detail that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg oversaw this lobbying effort to combat Facebook critics — were among the most damning in the report. Nick Statt, The Verge, "No one at Facebook seems to know who hired a DC opposition research firm," 15 Nov. 2018 Mnuchin was planning to speak at the conference during a weeklong, six-country swing through the Middle East, focused on combating terrorism financing. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is building tools to Uber-ize all kinds of work," 19 Oct. 2018 In it, the actress recounts her daughter Edie' birth story in intimate detail in an effort to combat the unrealistic expectations set on women to be perfect moments after bringing life into the world. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Criticizes the Expectations Set on Kate Middleton After Giving Birth," 7 Oct. 2018 But Bolsonaro’s straight talk and strong stance on combating the violence and political corruption that plague Brazil have led him to the top of the presidential polls, with 32% of the intended vote. Jill Langlois, Teen Vogue, "Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Has Inspired Massive Women's Protests, Just Like Donald Trump," 5 Oct. 2018 The Department of Defense is sending 200 soldiers from Washington state to California in an effort to combat a wildfire season that is shaping up to be historically destructive, according to Task & Purpose. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "200 Soldiers Are Being Sent to California to Fight Fires," 6 Aug. 2018 Ansel Johnson is laser-focused on combating diabetes. Francine Knowles, Daily Southtown, "Knowles: Southland optometrist focuses on fighting diabetes," 3 July 2018 His other main security proposal, a partial amnesty for offenders and a focus on combatting the social exclusion which leads to crime, has divided a country where many have been terrorized by gangs. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 Leo’s was among pharmacies in the region being inspected by the DEA in response to the Justice Department’s focus on combating the opioid epidemic. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pharmacy pays $75K for poor opioid record-keeping," 28 June 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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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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