American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To oppose in battle; fight against.
- v. To oppose vigorously; struggle against. See Synonyms at oppose.
- v. To engage in fighting; contend or struggle.
- n. Fighting, especially armed battle; strife. See Synonyms at conflict.
- adj. Of or relating to combat: flew 50 combat missions.
- adj. Intended for use or deployment in combat: combat boots; combat troops.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fight; struggle or contend; battle; especially, in earlier use, engage in single fight.
- To fight or do battle with; oppose by force; contend against; resist contentiously: as, to combat an antagonist; to combat arguments or opinions.
- n. A fight, especially, in earlier use, between two; in general, a struggle to resist, overthrow, or conquer: contest; engagement; battle.
- n. A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used); a struggle for victory.
- v. transitive To fight; to struggle for victory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
- v. To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist.
- n. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
- n. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
- v. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
- n. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
- n. an engagement fought between two military forces
- From French, from Old French combatre, from Vulgar Latin *combattere, from Latin com- ("with") + battuere ("to beat, strike"). (Wiktionary)
- French combattre, from Old French, from Late Latin combattere : Latin com-, com- + Latin battere, to beat (alteration of battuere). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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