combatant

noun
com·bat·ant | \kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt also ˈkäm-bə-tənt \

Definition of combatant 

: one that is engaged in or ready to engage in combat

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combatant adjective

Examples of combatant in a Sentence

Britain was a main combatant in World War II.

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But in 2017, a U.S. agency that tracks missing combatants, establishing case files for each from witness accounts to DNA testing, identified him. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 In a proof-of-life video released earlier this month, the three men identified their captors as members of the Oliver Sinisterra Front, a group of a few dozen combatants that authorities say is led by Guacho, a former FARC rebel. Washington Post, "Ecuador’s president confirms journalists killed along border," 13 Apr. 2018 In a proof-of-life video released earlier this month, the three men identified their captors as members of the Oliver Sinisterra Front, a group of a few dozen combatants that authorities say is led by Guacho, a former FARC rebel. NBC News, "Ecuador's president confirms journalists killed along border," 13 Apr. 2018 The Type 055 Renhai destroyers are the largest surface combatants built in Asia since World War II. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Is What a Real Naval Buildup Looks Like," 5 June 2018 However, the current plan still falls short of meeting the global requirements of combatant commanders, Navy leaders say. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pushes for more amphibious assault ships," 13 July 2018 The Small Boys Unit Taylor’s army, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), was hardly alone in conscripting child combatants during the multi-faction tribal war that erupted after Liberian President Samuel Doe’s execution in 1990. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Ex-child soldiers say Delco man turned them into killers," 19 June 2018 At that time, navy chiefs reluctantly accepted a reduction in surface combatant ships to a historic low of 19 (down from about 50 at the end of the cold war) as the price for saving the ambitious carrier plan. The Economist, "Britain’s Royal Navy has big ambitions—but a small budget," 31 May 2018 Neutrality laws in the U.S. prevented companies from selling weapons to WWI combatants on either side of the trenches. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of combatant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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combatant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of combatant

: a person, group, or country that fights in a war or battle

combatant

noun
com·bat·ant | \kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt, ˈkäm-bə-tənt\

Kids Definition of combatant

: a person who takes part in a combat

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