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

Compared to this Soviet simplicity, the G11 was an engineering marvel, but how this incredibly complex design would have fared in combat will forever be a mystery. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 Golightly is famously based on a number of women, but Capote specifically used McCracken's violent reaction to her brother's death in combat in his short story. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Joan McCracken Was More than Bob Fosse's Second Wife," 17 Apr. 2019 Allied forces, at long last, managed to contain German troops in their push toward Paris, but not before weeks of fearsome combat, sometimes hand-to-hand with bayonets amid clouds of mustard gas and shells exploding in the dark, overgrown woods. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "How old is former NFL coach Marv Levy? His dad was wounded in World War I," 27 June 2018 As part of the free admission, guests can experience a lively demonstration of gladiatorial combat, explore hands-on activities, learn about Roman life and the famous Roman legionary soldiers, and play with the toys and games of Roman children. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook Institute of Science: Get in free Sunday," 17 May 2018 The successful use of GPS by the U.S. military in combat operations however has made interference a top priority for many countries, particularly those like Russia and North Korea that could face the U.S. on the battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Engaging in Widespread Satellite Navigation Spoofing," 3 Apr. 2019 The Trump administration requested $45 billion for combat operations in the country this fiscal year and $5.2 billion in aid for the Afghan security forces. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Pentagon Chief Assures Afghanistan of U.S. Support," 11 Feb. 2019 During his 34-year military career, Handy participated in several combat operations including the Gulf War and Iraq War. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio aviation director talks travel ban, airport construction and flying the F-22," 9 July 2018 He was killed on Oct. 14, 2007 when a road side bomb exploded near his vehicle during combat operations, the Globe reported at the time. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Every day for these families is Memorial Day’," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, the former mayor of New York City will focus his energy on reducing gun violence and combatting climate change. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Announces He Will Not Run for President in 2020," 5 Mar. 2019 Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/Associated Press A conspicuous omission from the speakers’ list is Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, head of Pope Francis’ panel on child protection and long the pope’s top adviser on combating abuse. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Denounces Sex-Abuse ‘Plague’ Amid Pressure for Reforms," 21 Feb. 2019 The president mentioned Acierto while talking about his efforts to combat corruption, including corrupt policemen. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte asks why critical ex-police officer ‘is still alive’," 26 Mar. 2019 In an effort to combat your winter woes, Williams fresh pieces offer vibrant, punchy printed bomber jackets, leggings, and workout bras. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Your First Look at Venus Williams' "Morning Glory" Collection for EleVen," 28 Nov. 2018 The company developed the reputation assessment system over the past year as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the spread of fake news. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty and his campaign chief was convicted," 22 Aug. 2018 The King Amendment was designed to combat a recent trend: voters in states like Massachusetts and California have started prohibiting certain cruel practices, not just on farms in those states but any farms that want to sell their products there. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Dog and cat meat is now, finally, illegal," 18 Dec. 2018 On top of that, with today’s elite backs doubling as dangerous pass-catchers, PPR is exacerbating the problem it was designed to combat. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football Players Who are More Valuable in PPR Leagues," 12 July 2018 The administration is using protocols described in a 2008 law designed to combat child trafficking that gave special protections to Central American children at the border. Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Trump refers to some who cross border illegally as 'animals'," 17 May 2018

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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