verb (used with object), com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing or (especially British) com·bat·ted, com·bat·ting.
verb (used without object), com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing or (especially British) com·bat·ted, com·bat·ting.
- comb-footed spider,
- combat boot,
- combat fatigue,
- combat infantryman badge,
- combat neurosis,
- combat team
Origin of combat
Examples from the Web for combat
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|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.
To combat Ebola, we need to make sure we reopen safe schools as soon as possible.
There existed in his victory a remnant of defiance and of combat.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
Justice, moreover, with its frequent employment of trial by combat, did not essentially differ from private war.
The only way to combat these conditions in the city is to have strict registration of all feeble-minded and insane.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)|W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Look at us as long as you may; for this is all you shall see of the combat.The Story of a Bad Boy|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
There was every different mode of combat known in the arena, and of these the most deadly were sure to find the most favor.The Martyr of the Catacombs|Anonymous
noun (ˈkɒmbæt, -bət, ˈkʌm-)
- an action fought between two military forces
- (as modifier)a combat jacket
verb (kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒmbæt, ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating or -bated
Word Origin for combat
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from Old French combattre (12c.), from Late Latin combattere, from Latin com- "with" (each other) (see com-) + battuere "to beat, fight" (see batter (v.)). Related: Combated; combating; combatted; combatting.
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).