- 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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Related Words for combatedwithstand, cope, fight, resist, repel, oppose, contend, buck, duel, engage, clash, contest, defy, traverse, struggle, battle, strive, war, dispute
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Contemporary Examples of combated
Encouraging social change, the NGO raised money for scholarships, shared curricula across borders, and combated sex trafficking.Mothers of Invention: Girltank, A Sisterhood of Changemakers
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Historical Examples of combated
"But it is not the right way," Maria Angelina combated in distress.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
By this time, however, I had combated my own fears, and I was not going to permit his to terrify me.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
We simply say that this worthy priest did good and combated evil with all his might.A Romance of the West Indies
When I return I shall place in your hands weapons by which the enemy may be combated.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
He listened, ventured an opinion, was heard respectfully and then combated mercilessly.Gigolo
- 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.)).