[verb kuhm-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-]
- 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
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
3. See fight
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Examples from the Web for combatted
Her half-crazy, superstitious notion could only have been combatted by its non-realisation.Cleo The Magnificent
It was, however, for the spirit rather than for the thing itself that he combatted.The Prime Minister
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.The Revival of Irish Literature
Charles Gavan Duffy
How was it to be combatted even if our forces knew of the danger?
- 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
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
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).
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