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.
- com·bat·a·ble, adjective
- in·ter·com·bat, noun
- pre·com·bat, noun, verb, pre·com·bat·ed, pre·com·bat·ing or (especially British) pre·com·bat·ted, pre·com·bat·ting.
- self-com·bat·ing, adjective
- un·com·bat·a·ble, adjective
- un·com·bat·ed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use combat in a sentence
It was a fitting start for the man now known as Arslan Ash, a 24-year-old esports superstar thanks to his prowess at the combat game Tekken.
The combat appeared on a video screen with small blips for each aircraft.An F-16 pilot took on A.I. in a dogfight. Here’s who won | Aaron Pressman | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
As one of the biggest fires on a Navy ship outside of combat smoldered for a third day, so raged community members’ concerns over the contents of the billowing smoke.Answers on Navy Fire’s Health Impacts Won’t Come Right Away | MacKenzie Elmer | July 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
All but one woman showed signs of having ridden horses in combat.Skeletons hint that ancient societies had women warriors | Bruce Bower | May 28, 2020 | Science News For Students
This naval tactic gave the Romans the upper-hand since they were known for their expertise in close-quarter combat.Know Your Historical Warships: From 7th Century BC – 17th Century AD | Dattatreya Mandal | April 4, 2020 | Realm of History
The Perfect Storm writer talks combat brotherhood and the threat posed by growing wealth inequality.Sebastian Junger on War, Loss, and a Divided America | The Daily Beast Video | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The State Innovation Exchange, a Democratic group, has been set up to combat corporate-led right-wing organizations.
From 2012 to 2013, 31 men left Aarhus bound for combat in Syria.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists | Scott Beauchamp | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was an attempt to combat a growing chill on free speech in Turkey while placing his newspaper at the center of the debate.
Excessive force to combat minor infractions of the law is the central issue today.
He looked strangely out of place in the dusty combat uniform.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The morning came and with it Shaffer, and with him five hundred and fifty men, eager for the combat.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Wright and his followers regard the opsonic index as an index of the power of the body to combat bacterial invasion.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
But Strongarm lived in the age of combat when people fought animals at close range.The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
He demands from the king the gift of the first combat that shall offer, which is granted as a mere joke.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
British Dictionary definitions for combat
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
- combatable, adjective
- combater, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012