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, 20 May 2020 Six additional students of embattled The Catlin Gabel School have sued the school claiming they were abused by faculty members. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2020 In the midst of this season of violence, Afghanistan’s embattled elections staggered on. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2020 Coronavirus crisis The aviation industry isn’t the only one embattled. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, 16 Mar. 2020 West Linn police officers raised concerns about embattled Sgt. oregonlive, 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, 30 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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“Embattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embattle. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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