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combat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of combat

  1. 1 active fighting during the course of a war a soldier who served throughout the war without actually seeing combat Synonyms of combat action, battle, field Words Related to combat attack, fire, firefight, pitched battle, single combat; hostilities, operations, warfare; duty, service

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups the two stags entered a furious combat for dominance of the herd Synonyms of combat battle, clash, fight, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussleWords Related to combat pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfightNear Antonyms of combat truce

  3. 3 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another the fierce ideological combat between the religionists and the secularists Synonyms of combat ball game, battle, contest, competition, conflict, confrontation, contention, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfareWords Related to combat horse race, nail-biter; showdown; clash, collision, discord, friction; argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangleNear Antonyms of combat concord, harmony, peace


combat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of combat

  1. 1 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict a general eager to combat the enemy on his own ground Synonyms of combat battle, clash (with), fight, scrimmage (with), skirmish (with), war (against)Words Related to combat duel, joust; bang, bash, bat, batter, beat, belt, bludgeon, bop, buffet, clobber, hammer, hit, knock, paste, pound, punch, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, smite, sock, strike, swat, swipe, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale; box, spar; brawl; grapple, scuffle, tussle, wrestle; bump, collideNear Antonyms of combat give up, submit, surrender

  2. 2 to strive to reduce or eliminate must marshal all of our resources to combat this disease Synonyms of combat battle, fight, contend (with), counter, oppose, oppugnWords Related to combat baffle, checkmate, foil, frustrate, resist, thwart, withstand; confront, defy, face, meetNear Antonyms of combat abide, bear, endure, suffer; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, upholdAntonyms of combat advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

Synonym Discussion of combat

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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