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  1. (noun, act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
  2. (noun, act) an energetic attempt to achieve something
    he fought a battle for recognition
  3. (noun, act) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
    police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
  4. (verb, competition) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
    We must combat the prejudices against other races
    they battled over the budget

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Battle

combat, conflict, engagement, fight, struggle

Origin of the word Battle

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from L.L. battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from L. battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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