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

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 During the harsh rules, authorities occasionally proclaimed martial law and other decrees that allowed them to station combat soldiers, tanks and armored vehicles on streets or at public places like schools to prevent anti-government demonstrations. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "South Korea to probe military plan to quell Park protests," 10 July 2018 For acts of heroism: From 2006-2009 Military dog Gabe was deployed in Iraq and was involved in more than 210 combat assignments and 26 discoveries of explosives and weapons. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 These include measures to safeguard wildlife, combat climate change and determine which waterways are federally protected. David S. Rauf, Scientific American, "Clean Break: Kennedy Supreme Court Exit Could Upend Environmental Safeguards," 3 July 2018 The three-minute video focuses on Hegar's life, from her injury in Afghanistan, raising a family in Texas, to her fight to include women in all ground combat roles in the military. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Why a Texas Democrat's ad is being hailed as a game-changer," 26 June 2018 Amir Puri, Commander of the Orev Company in the Paratroopers Brigade, the exercise was joined by combat soldiers from Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain. Yaakov Lappin, Jewish Journal, "Israeli paratroopers conduct training drills on Polish soil," 26 June 2018 Robert Gates, for example, said in Brussels in 2011 that European penny-pinching and distaste for front-line combat in Afghanistan was putting the future of the alliance at risk. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And even if this single regulation isn’t enough to meaningfully alter global temperatures a century from now, small measures like this are crucial to combating climate change. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Trump Administration Forecasts 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Global Warming by 2100," 28 Sep. 2018 Yet given how much stuff has improved and how good pitching plans of attack have become, such adjustments would only go so far in combating the strikeout surge. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 2018 One of the world's biggest industries—and a leading producer of greenhouse gas emissions—may finally be making moves to combat climate change. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Cement Producers Are Developing a Plan to Reduce CO2 Emissions," 9 July 2018 The two cases are among the first of several nationwide that have attempted to force the industry to pay what could be hundreds of billions of dollars to combat climate change. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Judge throws out SF and Oakland climate change suits against oil companies," 25 June 2018 The Van Alen Institute The Van Alen Institute is joining forces with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and The CLEO Institute to offer a Climate Design Lab program, July 2 – 20, for high school students interested in combating climate change. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Gables High student places first in youth entrepreneurship challenge," 29 May 2018 The celebrated microbiologist has been instrumental in combating both diseases. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Fear and failure: How Ebola sparked a global health revolution," 26 May 2018 Supportive housing is key to the long-term success of many of the opioid abusers and public/private partnerships are pivotal to our community strategy in combating the problem. Scott Maxwell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 By the end of the summer, the sidewalks of San Francisco’s busiest corridors will be dotted with another 20 new high-tech trash bins — a small step in combatting the city’s big problem with dirty streets. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Castro district gets 5 new high-tech Bigbelly trash bins," 2 May 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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