em·​bat·​tle | \ im-ˈba-tᵊl How to pronounce embattle (audio) \
embattled; embattling\ im-​ˈbat-​liŋ How to pronounce embattle (audio) , -​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of embattle

transitive verb

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

Examples of embattle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Congressman Todd Rokita will challenge embattled Attorney General Curtis Hill for the Republican nomination at the June 18 state convention. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Former GOP congressman Todd Rokita to challenge Curtis Hill for AG nomination," 20 May 2020 Six additional students of embattled The Catlin Gabel School have sued the school claiming they were abused by faculty members. oregonlive, "Six more former Catlin Gabel students claim they were sexually abused by their teachers," 29 Apr. 2020 In the midst of this season of violence, Afghanistan’s embattled elections staggered on. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 Delegates will choose whether embattled Attorney General Curtis Hill, attorney John Westercamp or the Department of Revenue's former director Adam Krupp will be the Republican nominee as the state's top lawyer. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Democrats to host state convention online due to coronavirus fears," 14 Apr. 2020 The novel coronavirus disruption means embattled Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry will be able to keep her job – and salary – for a bit longer. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Kentucky: Read NKY updates ahead of Gov. Andy Beshear's 5 p.m. press conference," 25 Mar. 2020 Coronavirus crisis The aviation industry isn’t the only one embattled. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Airlines are in a spot as India further restricts inbound travel amid coronavirus pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 West Linn police officers raised concerns about embattled Sgt. oregonlive, "West Linn cops raised concerns years ago about ‘racially insensitive’ remarks by fellow officer now on leave in wrongful arrest case," 15 Feb. 2020 Kashmir has been embattled in decades of conflict between Pakistan and India, both of which control parts of the territory. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Muslim groups urge Maryland lawmakers to address communications blackout, Indian occupation of Kashmir," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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