- 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
Synonyms for combatSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for combatwarfare, contest, fray, engagement, encounter, fight, action, struggle, skirmish, war, conflict, shoot-out, withstand, cope, resist, repel, oppose, jackpot, flap, service
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Contemporary Examples of combat
The State Innovation Exchange, a Democratic group, has been set up to combat corporate-led right-wing organizations.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
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
December 15, 2014
It was an attempt to combat a growing chill on free speech in Turkey while placing his newspaper at the center of the debate.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
December 14, 2014
Excessive force to combat minor infractions of the law is the central issue today.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
To combat Ebola, we need to make sure we reopen safe schools as soon as possible.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of combat
In front of Judge Gould's office the combat was at its height.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
In fact, as far as I know, little attempt was made to combat fear in any way.The Conquest of Fear
In the man's emphasis the girl realized at last the inefficacy of her efforts to combat his will.Within the Law
If we are going to combat the 'yellow peril' we must combine against it.Her Father's Daughter
Externally the combat of chastity recommences; always the thorns reappear.The Dream
- 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 for combat
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).