[ verb kuhm-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm- ]
/ verb kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-; noun ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm- /
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verb (used with object), com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing or (especially British) com·bat·ted, com·bat·ting.
to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously: to combat crime.
verb (used without object), com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing or (especially British) com·bat·ted, com·bat·ting.
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.
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Origin of combat
1535–45; <Middle French combat (noun), combattre (v.) <Late Latin combattere, equivalent to Latin com-com- + Late Latin battere, for Latin battuere to strike, beat
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3. See fight
OTHER WORDS FROM combat
com·bat·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·com·bat, nounpre·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, adjectiveun·com·bat·ed, adjective
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How to use combat in a sentence
Many of our greatest American statesmen and scholars have combatted peace measures and advocated stronger armies and navies.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
The South had no manufactories—only agricultural products, and her representatives combatted the measure with zeal (Explain).Historic Papers on the Causes of the Civil War|Mrs. Eugenia Dunlap Potts
All these have been in turn combatted by other evolutionist writers, and the war goes on and has produced libraries of volumes.
Haeckel admits that the belief that this is the missing link is strongly combatted by some distinguished scientists.
Drs. Rigg, Angus, and others, combatted infidel objections and enforced attention to the subject before us.Recollections of a Long Life|John Stoughton
British Dictionary definitions for combat
noun (ˈkɒmbæt, -bət, ˈkʌm-)
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
verb (kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒmbæt, ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating or -bated
(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
Derived forms of combatcombatable, adjectivecombater, noun
Word Origin for combat
C16: from French, from Old French combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere (unattested), from Latin com- with + battuere to beat, hit
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