embattle

embattle

1 [em-bat-l]
verb (used with object), embattled, embattling.
1.
to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm.
2.
to fortify (a town, camp, etc.).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English embatailen < Middle French embataillier. See em-1, battle1

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embattle

2 [em-bat-l]
verb (used with object), embattled, embattling.
to furnish with battlements.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English embatailen. See em-1, battle2

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embattle (ɪmˈbætəl)
 
vb
1.  to deploy (troops) for battle
2.  to strengthen or fortify (a position, town, etc)
3.  to provide (a building) with battlements
 
[C14: from Old French embataillier; see en-1, battle]

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embattle
1393, "prepare for a fight," from O.Fr. embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- + bataille (see battle). Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1596 (first attested in Spenser). Embattled "under attack" is from 1961.
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