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

Many other units have advised local forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations, but the SFAB was planned as a unit that would be more prepared to coordinate directly with local units than combat units have been in the past. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was supporting the Army’s new adviser brigade," 8 July 2018 Now China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, Xi has set his sights on reasserting his country's power on the international stage, including building a combat-ready military and navy. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Xi Jinping sends warning to Taiwan, United States with live-fire drills," 15 Apr. 2018 The 8,000-hour life span is about typical for combat aircraft, with the F-15 and F-16 fighters originally rated for 8,000 and 9,000 hours, respectively. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Some F-35s Could Become Unflyable by 2026," 1 Feb. 2019 In 1995, McSally became the first female fighter pilot to serve in combat, while flying in a mission in Iraq. Li Zhou, Vox, "Martha McSally is the rare Republican woman putting gender at the forefront of her campaign," 29 Aug. 2018 This raises the question: will future combat aircraft need pilots? The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 In addition to providing care for military dogs injured in combat, the facility provides worldwide referral services and consultation for 4,000 more canines that belong to other federal government agencies and DOD military working dog programs. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "One-of-a-kind hospital in San Antonio treats military dogs injured in line of duty," 28 June 2018 The country’s air force and navy require as many as 400 single- and double-engine combat aircraft, according to the government. Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg.com, "India Seeks $15 Billion Fighter Jets in World's Largest Deal," 6 Apr. 2018 For nearly two decades, John Cena, a performer whose primary medium involves finding creative ways to lift and drop other large men as a simulacrum for hand-to-hand combat, was seemingly on a one-man mission to keep the jean-shorts industry afloat. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Farmwave is a new app that incorporates artificial intelligence to help farmers detect pathogens and pests and recommends ways to combat them and reduce their spread, thus saving crops. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "An App Could Be the Key to Saving Crops from Pests and Pathogens," 4 Dec. 2018 But in Jennifer Lopez's world, a workout is such a natural occurrence, that a to-the-streets translation takes direct notes from the cardio session rather than combating it. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez's Weekend Beauty Look Took Its Cues From the Gym," 6 Aug. 2018 So what’s the deal with Mercury retrograde, anyway, and what are the best ways to combat (or at least survive) it? Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 To combat them, addressing mental health goals in tandem with physical goals is essential. Karen S. Lynch, STAT, "Everyone deserves a holistic, patient-centric health care system," 12 July 2018 Extra: Find information on the urban heat island effect and how cities try to combat it. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 The Pawnee Fire in Lake County, California has rapidly outpaced efforts to combat it, according to CBS San Francisco. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Officials report "zero containment" of 1,500-acre blaze Pawnee Fire in California," 24 June 2018 The Green New Deal is a framework for mobilizing the government to lengths not seen since FDR's original New Deal in order to transform the economy and combat the devastating effects of climate change. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 According to a new report from Hello!, the Kensington Palace staff now have to spend hours each week combating sexist and racist attacks against the two Duchesses. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Have Been Subjected to Horrifying Online Abuse," 28 Jan. 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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