Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To oppose in battle; fight against.
  • transitive v. To oppose vigorously; struggle against. See Synonyms at oppose.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used); a struggle for victory.
  • v. To fight; to struggle for victory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
  • n. An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
  • intransitive v. To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
  • transitive v. To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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

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