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Meaning of COMBAT

Pronunciation:  [n]'kâmbat, [v]kum'bat, 'kâmbat

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an engagement fought between two military forces
  2. [n]  the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"
  3. [v]  battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"

COMBAT is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: armed combat, battle, fighting
 See Also: affaire d'honneur, affray, aggression, banging, battering, battle, beating, belligerency, blow, brawl, brush, clash, conflict, cut-and-thrust, disturbance, dogfight, duel, encounter, engagement, fencing, fight, fight, fistfight, fisticuffs, fray, free-for-all, gang fight, gunfight, gunplay, hassle, hostility, impact, in-fighting, knife fight, rough-and-tumble, ruffle, rumble, scuffle, set-to, shock, shootout, skirmish, slugfest, snickersnee, struggle, struggle, swordplay, tussle, war, warfare, whipping, wrestle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com"bat\ (? or ?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Combated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Combating}.] [F. combattre; pref. com- +
    battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See {Batter}.]
    To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
          To combat with a blind man I disdain.    --Milton.
          After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated
          only for the choice of masters.          --Gibbon.
  2. \Com"bat\, v. t.
    To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend
    against; to resist.
          When he the ambitious Norway combated.   --Shak.
          And combated in silence all these reasons. --Milton.
          Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled.
    Syn: To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn;
         antagonize; repel; resent.
  3. \Com"bat\, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
    1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
             My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak.
             The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was
             fought in Paulina.                    --Shak.
    2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in
       which the parties engaged are not armies.
    {Single combat}, one in which a single combatant meets a
       single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath;
       also, a duel.
    Syn: A battle; engagement; conflict; contest; contention;
         struggle; fight, strife. See {Battle}, {Contest}.
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