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combat

[verb kuh m-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-] /verb kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-; noun ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-/
verb (used with object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
1.
to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously:
to combat crime.
verb (used without object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
2.
to battle; contend:
to combat with disease.
noun
3.
Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
4.
a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.
Origin of combat
1535-1545
1535-45; < Middle French combat (noun), combattre (v.) < Late Latin combattere, equivalent to Latin com- com- + Late Latin battere, for Latin battuere to strike, beat
Related forms
combatable, adjective
intercombat, noun
precombat, noun, verb, precombated, precombating or (especially British) precombatted, precombatting.
self-combating, adjective
uncombatable, adjective
uncombated, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. struggle, contest.
Synonym Study
3. See fight
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Examples from the Web for combated
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  • "But it is not the right way," Maria Angelina combated in distress.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • By this time, however, I had combated my own fears, and I was not going to permit his to terrify me.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • We simply say that this worthy priest did good and combated evil with all his might.

  • When I return I shall place in your hands weapons by which the enemy may be combated.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • He listened, ventured an opinion, was heard respectfully and then combated mercilessly.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Yet she combated well, and repressed the feelings which she could hardly conceal.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • This error will be combated in a pamphlet, entitled "Cursed Money."

  • He combated the abuses of the state, as well as of the church.

  • His voice had a fractious tone, as if he combated an unseen tyrant.

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British Dictionary definitions for combated

combat

noun (ˈkɒmbæt; -bət; ˈkʌm-)
1.
a fight, conflict, or struggle
2.
  1. an action fought between two military forces
  2. (as modifier): a combat jacket
3.
single combat, a fight between two individuals; duel
4.
close combat, hand-to-hand combat, fighting at close quarters
verb (kəmˈbæt; ˈkɒmbæt; ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating, -bated
5.
(transitive) to fight or defy
6.
(intransitive; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with): to combat against disease
Derived Forms
combatable, adjective
combater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old French combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere (unattested), from Latin com- with + battuere to beat, hit
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Word Origin and History for combated

combat

v.

1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from Old French combattre (12c.), from Late Latin combattere, from Latin com- "with" (each other) (see com-) + battuere "to beat, fight" (see batter (v.)). Related: Combated; combating; combatted; combatting.

combat

n.

1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).

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