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Meaning of combat by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French, from Old French combatre, from Vulgar Latin *combattere, from Latin com- ( “with” ) + battuere ( “to beat, strike” ) .



    combat ( countable and uncountable; plural: combats )

    1. A battle, a fight ( often one in which weapons are used ); a struggle for victory .


Explanation of combat by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

    2. The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq
      We must combat the prejudices against other races
    1. an engagement fought between two military forces

    2. the act of fighting

    Definition of combat by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Combat ( ? 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. Combat, 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. Goldsmith.

      Syn. -- To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn; antagonize; repel; resent.

    3. Combat, 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.