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

Two young professionals create an underground club where men can compete in hand-to-hand combat. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet at his core, Valančiūnas is a seven-footer most comfortable with hand-to-hand combat. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Parscale seems to revel in the combat — at least part of the time. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 That’s enough to render the unit combat ineffective. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare," 5 Sep. 2019 As the name implies, this is a full-scale sequel to 2003’s Homeworld 2, and a return to the space combat people know and love. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Gearbox finally announces a proper Homeworld sequel, 15 long years later," 30 Aug. 2019 These types of events also offer us a chance to appreciate individuality and combat harmful gender stereotypes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opposition to drag queen library event in Chula Vista met by counterprotesters," 29 Aug. 2019 Hoping to combat health and safety problems posed by the fossil fuels industry, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office has drafted sweeping proposals that would restrict the activities of petroleum companies citywide. oregonlive.com, "Portland mayor’s office considers new regulations on fossil fuels," 28 Aug. 2019 The good Remedy delivers some of gaming's best third-person combat yet. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

River Forest Park District officials say the artificial surface is needed to combat flooding problems at the park, and hope the move will increase playability at the fields. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Village board approves amendment to allow synthetic turf at Keystone Park," 12 Sep. 2019 There are studies to digest, articles forwarded by your best friend on C-section rates to read, summits to attend on combating implicit bias, and doctors to screen for implicit bias. Helena Andrews-dyer, The Denver Post, "Finding the joy in black motherhood," 7 Sep. 2019 There are studies to digest, articles forwarded by your best friend on C-section rates to read, summits to attend on combating implicit bias, and doctors to screen for implicit bias. al, "I wanted to read an article about black motherhood that wasn’t a horror story. So I wrote it.," 6 Sep. 2019 Eskamani, a Democrat, says the lofty goal is needed to combat the effects of climate change, which are already hitting Florida, especially along the coast. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Eskamani renews push for all-renewable energy by 2050," 28 Aug. 2019 The plan not only makes recommendations to end mass shootings, but also outlines the steps needed to combat everyday gun violence that grips communities nationwide. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Parkland school shooting survivors propose comprehensive plan for gun control," 21 Aug. 2019 Peacock has combated right shoulder soreness since before the All-Star break. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: Updates for Ryan Pressly, Brad Peacock," 6 Aug. 2019 The declaration of a global health emergency — the fifth in history — brought a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by international donors but some health workers say a new approach is needed to combat misunderstandings in the community. Washington Post, "2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo’s city of Goma," 1 Aug. 2019 His appeal in Trump vs. Sierra Club contended the border wall was needed to combat drug smuggling. Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court rules for Trump in border wall funding dispute," 26 July 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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