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

Definition of embattle

transitive verb

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

Examples of embattle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But embattled Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, who owned the condo, won't be pocketing the profits anytime soon. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Mesa triplex used in Paul Petersen's adoption business sold; profits seized by state," 3 Jan. 2020 Speaking to the press Tuesday, two days after the campus siege began, Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that approximately 100 holdouts remain. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong University Standoff Continues as a New Police Chief Is Appointed to Handle Unrest," 19 Nov. 2019 Arguably, though, Hipcamp benefits from the fact that public parks are embattled. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 Also announced are Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, embattled Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Japan Celebrates Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement with the Ultimate Royal Guest List!," 22 Oct. 2019 In Virginia, embattled Republicans ran away from Trump, downplaying their support for his policies and encouraging him to stay away. Steve People, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide," 6 Nov. 2019 Xi Jinping met Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Carrie Lam, in Shanghai and reiterated his support for her. The Economist, "Politics this week," 7 Nov. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Embattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embattle. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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