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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 August, Robert W[illiam] 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; []."
    • 1950 September 1, Truman, Harry S., MP72-73 Korea and World Peace: President Truman Reports to the People[1], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162, 0:56 from the start:
      In less than eight weeks, five divisions of United States troops have moved into combat, some of them from bases more than 6,000 miles away. More men are on the way. Fighting in difficult country under every kind of hardship, American troops have held back overwhelming numbers of the communist invaders.
    • 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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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From combatre, attested from 1490.[1]

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NounEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ combat”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2022

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From combattre.

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NounEdit

combat m (plural combats)

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

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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. inflection of combate:
    1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. third-person plural present indicative