verb (used without object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
verb (used with object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
Origin of battle1
Synonyms for battle
verb (used with object), bat·tled, bat·tling. Archaic.
Origin of battle2
Related Words for battlebloodshed, campaign, clash, combat, hostility, encounter, assault, fighting, strife, crusade, action, attack, struggle, skirmish, war, conflict, warfare, contest, disagreement, controversy
Examples from the Web for battle
Contemporary Examples of battle
The U.S. military just unveiled a new effort to get Iraqis ready to battle ISIS.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
First, as opposition to gay marriage collapses, American anti-LGBT activists will slow their battle against it.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
It has long been a battle cry in conservative circles that Christmas is under siege.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
The opening of the battle narrative begins on—get this—page 266!Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of battle
The Assyrians marched against the Egyptians and defeated them in battle.
The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.
No stones or other missiles were used; the battle was fist to fist.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The first sign of unwariness would begin and end the battle.Way of the Lawless
My heart leaped into my throat, as it were, and I made ready for battle.Biography of a Slave
Word Origin for battle
c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.
see half the battle; losing battle; pitched battle.