embattle

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[em-bat-l]
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verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.
  1. to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
  2. to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).

Origin of embattle

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1350–1400; Middle English embatailen < Middle French embataillier. See em-1, battle1

embattle

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[em-bat-l]
verb (used with object), em·bat·tled, em·bat·tling.
  1. to furnish with battlements.

Origin of embattle

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First recorded in 1350–1400, embattle is from the Middle English word embatailen. See em-1, battle2
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Related Words for embattle

militarize, supply, strengthen, fortify, equip, mobilize, array, arm, furnish

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British Dictionary definitions for embattle

embattle

verb (tr)
  1. to deploy (troops) for battle
  2. to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
  3. to provide (a building) with battlements

Word Origin for embattle

C14: from Old French embataillier; see en- 1, battle
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Word Origin and History for embattle
v.

late 14c., "prepare for a fight," from Old French embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- (see en- (1)) + bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Embattled; embattling. Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser).

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