combat

[verb kuhm-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-]
verb (used with object), com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing or (especially British) com·bat·ted, com·bat·ting.
  1. 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.
  1. to battle; contend: to combat with disease.
noun
  1. Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
  2. a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.

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
Related formscom·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, adjectiveun·com·bat·a·ble, adjectiveun·com·bat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for combat

Synonym study

3. See fight
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Examples from the Web for combatted

Historical Examples of combatted

  • Her half-crazy, superstitious notion could only have been combatted by its non-realisation.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • It was, however, for the spirit rather than for the thing itself that he combatted.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • For himself, he combatted with no force; he but yielded in welcome to what to him was irresistible.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson

  • 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

combat

noun (ˈkɒmbæt, -bət, ˈkʌm-)
  1. a fight, conflict, or struggle
    1. an action fought between two military forces
    2. (as modifier)a combat jacket
  2. single combat a fight between two individuals; duel
  3. close combat or hand-to-hand combat fighting at close quarters
verb (kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒmbæt, ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating or -bated
  1. (tr) to fight or defy
  2. (intr; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with)to combat against disease
Derived Formscombatable, 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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Word Origin and History for combatted

combat

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.

combat

n.

1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).

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