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

He was commissioned as a Marine lieutenant and commanded an infantry platoon in combat in the Vietnam War. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Barry Kowalski, Prosecutor in Rodney King Case, Is Dead at 74," 5 July 2019 The jury is made up of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, many of whom had been in combat in Iraq. BostonGlobe.com, "Navy SEAL found not guilty of first-degree murder," 3 July 2019 The military did not immediately provide any details of the deaths but indicated that the service members were killed in combat. Author: Sharif Hassan, William Branigin, Anchorage Daily News, "Two US service members reported killed in Afghanistan," 26 June 2019 The Purple Heart is awarded to military members wounded in combat. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Mount Dora designated a Purple Heart City — ‘another distinction for this proud city’," 19 June 2019 But what, specifically, do these conservatives want, besides a sense of thrill-in-combat that French’s irenic style denies them? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Ross Douthat Describes the Crisis of the Conservative Coalition," 7 June 2019 Operation Allied Force was the first to use all three of USAF’s heavy bombers in combat. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "20 Years After Kosovo: How a War in the Balkans Changed the U.S. Air Force Forever," 28 May 2019 Hardly noticed by tourists struggling with restaurant menus, the two groups are locked in combat. Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019 Another one is scheduled for September, and experts in topics as diverse as combat, holistic healing, parenting and floral design are scheduled to host workshops throughout the year at the resort, nestled in the hamlet of Walland. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "In Tennessee, Blackberry Farm Takes Over a Mountain," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to providing meals and shelter to people experiencing homelessness, Vargas hopes to further combat the epidemic through the construction of a new housing structure in October. Kate Duffy, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kate’s report: Father Joe’s celebrates July 4th with a barbeque for homeless," 5 July 2019 Delaney announces opioid policy plan ahead of 100th New Hampshire state visit MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney Tuesday released a new policy to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. NBC News, "Sanders pulls in $18 million from grassroots fundraising in second quarter," 3 July 2019 Today, the campaign rolled out its four-part plan to combat the opioid epidemic. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Campaigns staff up as post-debate polls roll in," 2 July 2019 The way to combat this, Scharf says, is to diversify pest treatment methods. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Cockroaches are becoming immune to insecticides. Have a great day.," 2 July 2019 San Antonio is among 10 metropolitan areas nationwide that will receive federal money over the next two years to combat the spread of HIV. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Two federal grants will go toward reversing San Antonio’s high HIV rate," 29 June 2019 Also taking effect is a measure (SB 366) that will allow counties to approve needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of infectious diseases by intravenous drug users. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "100 new Florida laws go into effect Monday," 28 June 2019 Cybersecurity experts have raised questions over whether the Trump administration is taking adequate steps to combat efforts by Russia or other nations to interfere in the 2020 presidential campaign. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump, Putin joke about media, election meddling at G20," 28 June 2019 Our leaders must speak out against and combat this epidemic of hate violence that disproportionately impacts Black transgender women. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Democratic debate was a milestone for transgender rights.," 27 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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