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

After years of combat between these unlikable combatants, neutrality is tempting but facile. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 Gold Star families have had an immediate relative in the U.S. Armed Forces killed in combat or in support of certain military activities. Ramona Sentinel, "Special Liberty Project receives $2,500 for Gold Star event," 7 Sep. 2019 Two crippled BTGs will render the parent unit, a Russian tank brigade, incapable of offensive combat. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare," 5 Sep. 2019 The operation is targeting the news media by using one of the most effective weapons of political combat — deep and laborious research into the public records of opponents to find contradictions, controversial opinions or toxic affiliations. New York Times, "Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House," 25 Aug. 2019 The paintings are striking images that muse on post-traumatic stress disorder and the psychological costs of combat. The Economist, "Ben Quilty’s paintings depict violence, loss and “death jackets”," 9 Aug. 2019 During four days of combat in January 1945 on a German-fortified ridge in Rochelinval, the 551st suffered a crushing 84 percent casualty rate. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daughter honors father’s memory at 75th anniversary of ‘The Other D-Day’ in France," 6 Aug. 2019 His blood, toil, and tears helped transform wrestling into a serious form of combat that was rich in storytelling. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "‘He Was the Last Real World’s Champion’: Fellow Legends Pay Tribute to Harley Race," 2 Aug. 2019 Twenty-three thousand soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of combat during the Civil War. Brittany Brown, baltimoresun.com, "Five Maryland historical sites hosting Fourth of July events," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The goal is to provide more affordable housing in areas where people won’t have to rely on cars, thereby also helping to combat climate change. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego is laying plans for a future building boom," 15 Sep. 2019 Last month, Bolsonaro sent the army to help combat the fires. Washington Post, "European space agency records Amazon air pollution," 11 Sep. 2019 The biggest name yet caught up in this, Christopher served as head of ISD from 2014 until earlier this year, when Walsh tapped him to help combat the city’s opiod epidemic. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a quick rundown of the key players, and what’s at stake.," 10 Sep. 2019 The incident has given her some trepidation about overnighting on a dive boat, but a finding of the fire’s cause would help combat that feeling, said Pinfold, who has dived from the Conception at least twice. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Dive boat tragedy spreads grief, fear through region’s tightly knit dive community," 8 Sep. 2019 This week most of the top 10 presidential hopefuls released proposals for ways in which the federal government can help combat global warming. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Harris, Warren Reveal Climate Plans Ahead Of CNN Town Hall On Global Warming," 4 Sep. 2019 There also are low-cost ways for employers also to help workers combat their fatigue. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "These millennials were so burned out, they’re building a startup to combat burnout," 3 Sep. 2019 Earlier this week, the Group of Seven nations pledged $22 million in help combat the fires in the Amazon. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "It’s Not Enough to Stop Amazon Deforestation," 29 Aug. 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that the G7 leaders agreed to set up the aid to help combat the fires. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Brazil rejects $20 million aid for Amazon fires pledged by G7, reports say," 27 Aug. 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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