Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an engagement fought between two military forces
  2. (noun, act) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
    there was fighting in the streets
    the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap
  3. (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 Combat

armed combat, battle, fight, fighting, scrap

Origin of the word Combat

  1. 1489 (implied in combatant), from M.Fr. combattre, from L.L. combattere, from L. com- "with" (each other) + battuere "to beat, fight" (see batter (v.)). The noun is first recorded 1567. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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