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1.  a fight, conflict, or struggle
2.  a.  an action fought between two military forces
 b.  (as modifier): a combat jacket
3.  single combat a fight between two individuals; duel
4.  close combat, hand-to-hand combat fighting at close quarters
vb , -bats, -bating, -bated
5.  (tr) to fight or defy
6.  (intr; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with): to combat against disease
[C16: from French, from Old French combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere (unattested), from Latin com- with + battuere to beat, hit]

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