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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Several Cabinet secretaries attended the picnic, including embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Fox News, "Trump praises military for keeping US 'safe, strong, proud'," 5 July 2018 Forget, for a moment, the inning in which embattled closer Hector Neris appeared for the Phillies in his last two outings. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Hector Neris' slide from Phillies closer role began with overuse of his slider," 23 May 2018 At least five officials at the Environmental Protection Agency were demoted, removed, reassigned, put on leave or asked for new jobs after voicing concerns about embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the New York Times reported Thursday. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "EPA officials demoted, removed after voicing complaints about Scott Pruitt: Report," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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