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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 action, battle, field Related Words 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 battle, clash, fight, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussleRelated Words 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 truce

  3. 3 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another the fierce ideological combat between the religionists and the secularists Synonyms 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, warfareRelated Words horse race, nail-biter; showdown; clash, collision, discord, friction; argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangleNear Antonyms 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 battle, clash (with), fight, scrimmage (with), skirmish (with), war (against)Related Words 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 give up, submit, surrender

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


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