combat [ verb k uhm- bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-] SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. noun . Military active, armed fighting with enemy forces. a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas. Origin of combat 1535–45;
Middle French combat
Late Latin combattere,
Latin com- com-
Late Latin battere,
to strike, beat
Related forms 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
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Related Words for combatted warfare
service Examples from the Web for combatted Historical Examples of combatted
Her half-crazy, superstitious notion could only have been
combatted by its non-realisation.
It was, however, for the spirit rather than for the thing itself that he
For himself, he
combatted with no force; he but yielded in welcome to what to him was irresistible.
The Revolution which it
combatted was as certainly the fruit of other books.
How was it to be
combatted even if our forces knew of the danger? British Dictionary definitions for combatted 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 combatable, adjective combater, 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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Word Origin and History for combatted v.
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. n.
1560s, from Middle French
combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).
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