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combat

noun com·bat \ ˈkäm-ˌbat \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of combat

1 :a fight or contest between individuals or groups
3 :active fighting in a war :action
  • casualties suffered in combat

Examples of combat in a Sentence

  1. Some of these soldiers have never seen combat.

  2. He was killed in combat.

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Origin and Etymology of combat

Anglo-French, from combatre to attack, fight, from Vulgar Latin *combattere, from Latin com- + battuere to beat

combat Synonyms


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combat

verb com·bat \ kəm-ˈbat , ˈkäm-ˌba- \

Definition of combat

combated or combatted; combating or combatting
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

Examples of combat in a Sentence

  1. The drug helps combat infection.

  2. She dedicated her life to combating poverty.

  3. Exercise can help combat the effects of stress.

  4. The mayor pledged to combat crime.

  5. They have been combating the rebels for months.

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First Known Use of combat

1564

Synonym Discussion of combat

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

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combat

adjective com·bat \ ˈkäm-ˌbat \

Definition of combat

1 :relating to combat
  • combat missions
2 :designed or destined for combat
  • combat boots
  • combat troops

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First Known Use of combat

1825



COMBAT Defined for English Language Learners

combat

noun

Definition of combat for English Language Learners

  • : active fighting especially in a war


combat

verb

Definition of combat for English Language Learners

  • : to try to stop (something) from happening or getting worse

  • : to fight against (someone) : to engage in combat against (an enemy)


COMBAT Defined for Kids

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combat

noun com·bat \ ˈkäm-ˌbat \

Definition of combat for Students

1 :a fight or contest between individuals or groups
2 :active military fighting
  • Five soldiers were wounded in combat.

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combat

verb com·bat \ kəm-ˈbat , ˈkäm-ˌbat \

Definition of combat for Students

combated or combatted; combating or combatting
:to fight with :fight against :oppose
  • combat disease


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