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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • Noun:
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒmˌbæt/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmˌbæt/
    • (file)
  • Verb:
  • Rhymes: -æt

NounEdit

combat (countable and uncountable, plural combats)

  1. A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used).
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; []."
    • 2012 March 1, William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter, “The British Longitude Act Reconsidered”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 87:
      Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant, killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.
  2. a struggle for victory

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combat (third-person singular simple present combats, present participle combatting or combating, simple past and past participle combatted or combated)

  1. (transitive) To fight; to struggle against.
    It has proven very difficult to combat drug addiction.
  2. (intransitive) To fight (with); to struggle for victory (against).
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes
      To combat with a blind man I disdain.

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combat m (plural combats)

  1. combat

VerbEdit

combat

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of combatre
  2. second-person singular imperative form of combatre

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EtymologyEdit

From combattre.

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combat m (plural combats)

  1. combat (hostile interaction)
  2. (figuratively) combat (contest; competition)
  3. (in the plural) battle; military combat

VerbEdit

combat

  1. third-person singular present indicative of combattre

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combat m (plural combats)

  1. (Jersey) combat

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combat

  1. first-person singular present indicative of combate
  2. third-person plural present indicative of combate
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of combate