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 Des Moines — Democratic presidential candidates are trading in kumbaya for combat. CBS News, "The five big things you need to understand about the Democratic primary right now," 8 Nov. 2019 Zapanta spoke about growing up in a East Los Angeles community similar to the neighborhood around Saltillo Street where young men who had survived the gang life volunteered for combat in Vietnam. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veterans honored at West Side community center," 8 Nov. 2019 There was nothing to see — nothing, that is, except the most intense urban combat of the last 50 years. David French, National Review, "Inside the Rise and Fall of ISIS’s Caliphate," 7 Nov. 2019 The company intends to be a model for conscious consumption, bringing products to market that combat and prevent climate change through its carbon-capture technology. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's First Carbon-Negative Vodka," 7 Nov. 2019 Yesterday's visit took place during Remembrance Week, which sees the royals out paying tribute to those who died in combat and honoring veterans and those currently serving. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Make a Low-Key Visit to Military Families," 7 Nov. 2019 By the time the Buckeyes and the Wolverines met on the gridiron in 1897, they were primed for ugly combat. Diane Roberts, The New Republic, "Celebrating 150 Years of Simulated Warfare," 6 Nov. 2019 But the series would be better off splitting that war over two seasons (there's just so much history to cover) and end the first with the Burning of Harrenhal, instead. Less politicking, more war Either way, combat is coming. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "House of the Dragon," 5 Nov. 2019 The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which reviews deaths that don’t involve combat or terminal disease, declined to release its findings to the Tribune, saying the investigations were still pending. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Mother of Great Lakes recruit who died during boot camp run seeks second autopsy, saying Navy has offered few answers on sickle cell-related death," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many of the social media companies have made moves to try to combat white supremacist propaganda. Sara Sidner, CNN, "A mother's warning: If you have white teen sons, listen up ...," 22 Oct. 2019 Well developed theory can highlight what causes poverty and, based on this, suggest policies to combat it. Mark Schaffer, Quartz India, "Why did Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer win the Nobel prize this year?," 15 Oct. 2019 To date, the main way officials have tried to combat the problem is with laws that simply prohibit keeping certain categories of animals as pets. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?," 7 Oct. 2019 The goal: To demonstrate how deepfakes—artificial intelligence (A.I.) that can literally put words in the mouths of people in video or audio clips—could be abused, and the need for lawmakers to combat it. Fortune, "Watch a Former Army Green Beret Congressman Root for Navy Football—as a Warning About Deepfakes," 27 Sep. 2019 To combat it, Miami Beach has committed at least $500 million dollars to draining the rising seas off the island. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Beach is waging war on sea rise. One idea: Turn a golf course into wetlands.," 23 Sep. 2019 One of my favorite ways to combat it is by doing exercise classes in different cities. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "Three Months, 200 Meals, and a LOT of Time on the Road," 19 Sep. 2019 The Fed is trying to combat threats to the U.S. economy, including uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, slower global growth and a slump in American manufacturing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asian shares mixed following Fed’s decision to cut rates," 18 Sep. 2019 At the same time, the Fed is trying to combat threats including uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, slower global growth and a slump in American manufacturing. Martin Crutsinger, Twin Cities, "A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year," 18 Sep. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of combat was in 1546

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combat

noun
How to pronounce combat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of combat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: active fighting especially in a war

combat

verb
How to pronounce combat (audio)

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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