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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.
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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.
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noun
  1. Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
  2. 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
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

Synonym study

3. See fight
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Related Words

warfarecontestfrayengagementencounterfightactionstruggleskirmishwarconflictshoot-outwithstandcoperesistrepelopposejackpotflapservice

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  • Here we behold Malthusianism as a new weapon for combatting Socialism.

  • I may wish that I had your spirit and energy and power of combatting; but I have not.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope

  • As far as he could, he made himself over—recognizing and combatting his weaknesses with heroic courage.

  • They must know about fortifications—anti-aircraft guns—means for combatting aerial attack.

  • A feeling of revulsion swept over her, combatting the first natural, womanly pride in the deed of a brave man.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for combatting

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
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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
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Derived Formscombatable, adjectivecombater, noun

Word Origin

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 combatting

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.

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combat

n.

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

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