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combat

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1 active fighting during the course of a war

  • a soldier who served throughout the war without actually seeing combat
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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups

  • the two stags entered a furious combat for dominance of the herd
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3 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another

  • the fierce ideological combat between the religionists and the secularists
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combat

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1 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict

  • a general eager to combat the enemy on his own ground
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2 to strive to reduce or eliminate

  • must marshal all of our resources to combat this disease
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oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare.
    • opposed the plan
combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something.
    • combat disease
resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it.
    • resisting temptation
withstand suggests a more passive resistance.
    • trying to withstand peer pressure


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