- 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 combatting
Combatting the illegal drug trade within the Air Force is largely up to OSI.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
Victims were treated with atropine, which was somewhat successful in combatting the symptoms.Obama Administration Stiffs Chemical Survivors on New Claim
Josh Rogin, Noah Shachtman
February 20, 2014
Instead he has emphasized core elements of the social gospel like combatting poverty and ministering to the sick and downtrodden.Pope Francis’s Lessons for the GOP
July 28, 2013
And it could prove to be Israel's most effective weapon in combatting hate.No, Most Palestinians Aren't Anti-Semites
May 9, 2013
So a whole lot of us are engaged in combatting those judgements . . . with cash.Why Don't Americans Save?
March 13, 2013
Here we behold Malthusianism as a new weapon for combatting Socialism.Woman and Socialism
I may wish that I had your spirit and energy and power of combatting; but I have not.Barchester Towers
As far as he could, he made himself over—recognizing and combatting his weaknesses with heroic courage.Edgar Saltus: The Man
They must know about fortifications—anti-aircraft guns—means for combatting aerial attack.
A feeling of revulsion swept over her, combatting the first natural, womanly pride in the deed of a brave man.The Man From Brodney's
George Barr McCutcheon
- 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 combatting
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).