em·bat·tle | \im-ˈba-tᵊl \
embattled; embattling\im-ˈbat-liŋ, -tᵊl-iŋ \

Definition of embattle 

transitive verb

1 : to arrange in order of battle : prepare for battle

2 : fortify

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The drop in the lira has also left some of Turkey’s biggest businesses embattled, while eating deeply into the living standards of ordinary Turks, meaning voters. New York Times, "Turkey’s Currency Plunges, Potentially Threatening Erdogan’s Re-election Bid," 23 May 2018 As protesters continue to call for his ouster, Nicaragua’s embattled President Daniel Ortega is digging in his heels. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Clinging to Power Amid Violent Protests, Nicaragua’s President Faces a Crisis Point," 14 June 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency's embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt is claiming ignorance over pay raises for some of his top staffers. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "EPA's embattled Scott Pruitt claims ignorance about big raises for his top aides," 4 Apr. 2018 Her order comes about a week after the resignation of the agency’s embattled chairwoman, Shola Olatoye. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Judge Orders New Lead Inspections in New York Public Housing," 17 Apr. 2018 Wochit Five of Cincinnati's most prominent African-American groups are backing embattled City Manager Harry Black amid reports that Mayor John Cranley has asked for his resignation. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Black leaders side with Cincinnati city manager, against Mayor Cranley," 10 Mar. 2018 Orlando City’s embattled management team is counting on a new coach and a new voice suddenly lighting a match and the team catching fire and playing to its potential. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018 Alex Edelman—picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images President Trump’s embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned Thursday. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Who Is Andrew Wheeler, Trump's New EPA Chief?," 5 July 2018 The Florida Panthers made a significant move to upgrade their scoring by acquiring embattled forward Mike Hoffman from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday morning. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers trade for forward Mike Hoffman after controversy in Ottawa," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of embattle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embattle

Middle English embatailen, from Anglo-French embatailler, from en- + batailler to battle

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