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[verb kuh m-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-] /verb kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-; noun ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-/
verb (used with object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously:
to combat crime.
verb (used without object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
to battle; contend:
to combat with disease.
Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.
Origin of combat
1535-45; < Middle French combat (noun), combattre (v.) < Late Latin combattere, equivalent to Latin com- com- + Late Latin battere, for Latin battuere to strike, beat
Related forms
combatable, adjective
intercombat, noun
precombat, noun, verb, precombated, precombating or (especially British) precombatted, precombatting.
self-combating, adjective
uncombatable, adjective
uncombated, adjective
1, 2. struggle, contest. Unabridged
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  • Glibly the quack discourses on the consequences of neglecting the terrible symptoms, and the great difficulty of combating them.

  • Plato saw the necessity of combating the illogical logic of the Megarians and Eristics.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • The two things are so far from combating each other, that I can see how they agree.

  • I ignored it, and went on combating what I assumed to be the scruples of an exaggerated delicacy.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Doris knew the futility of combating in her lover the habit of self-seduction now became a vital necessity.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for combating


noun (ˈkɒmbæt; -bət; ˈkʌm-)
a fight, conflict, or struggle
  1. an action fought between two military forces
  2. (as modifier): a combat jacket
single combat, a fight between two individuals; duel
close combat, hand-to-hand combat, fighting at close quarters
verb (kəmˈbæt; ˈkɒmbæt; ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating, -bated
(transitive) to fight or defy
(intransitive; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with): to combat against disease
Derived Forms
combatable, adjective
combater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old French combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere (unattested), from Latin com- with + battuere to beat, hit
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Word Origin and History for combating



1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from Old French combattre (12c.), from Late Latin combattere, from Latin com- "with" (each other) (see com-) + battuere "to beat, fight" (see batter (v.)). Related: Combated; combating; combatted; combatting.


1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).

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