- to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously: to combat crime.
- to battle; contend: to combat with disease.
- Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
- a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.
Origin of combat
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Examples from the Web for combating
On Wednesday night, when President Barack Obama explained our strategy for combating ISIS he said … what?In ISIS Speech, Obama Failed To Seize The Moment—Again
September 12, 2014
Winstead explained that, “combating fear and lies with humor and truth is the best job in the world.”Bill Maher for Congress?
March 28, 2014
The cost of combating these swarms to prevent a public health crisis could be enormous, he adds.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
Instead he spoke about combating the stigma attached to PTSD.The Latest Greatest Generation
October 10, 2013
Importantly, ATX-101 offers the possibility of combating double chins without surgery.Kythera Helps You Melt Your Double Chin, No Diet or Surgery Required
September 17, 2013
Plato saw the necessity of combating the illogical logic of the Megarians and Eristics.Theaetetus
I ignored it, and went on combating what I assumed to be the scruples of an exaggerated delicacy.Lord Jim
His strength was beyond any hope of combating it with her small strength.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
We watch him, admiring his ferocious aspect, combating with death.The Western World
Dante compelled himself to speak bravely, combating her alarms.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
- a fight, conflict, or struggle
- an action fought between two military forces
- (as modifier)a combat jacket
- single combat a fight between two individuals; duel
- close combat or hand-to-hand combat fighting at close quarters
- (tr) to fight or defy
- (intr; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with)to combat against disease
Word Origin and History for combating
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).