1350–1400; Middle English; see embattle1, -ed2; def. 2 probably by association with the general sense “restrict, enclose” of many verbs formed with em-1, en-1

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

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


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

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

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embattle (ɪmˈbætəl)
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]

embattled (ɪmˈbætəld)
1.  prepared for or engaged in conflict, controversy, or battle
2.  heraldry having an indented edge resembling battlements

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Researchers are racing to fortify the embattled cacao tree and to meet
  increasing demand for cocoa made from its seeds.
But now the forests and their wildlife are under siege by embattled people
  desperate to survive from week to week.
Yet the rollercoaster life of the embattled singer proved more powerful than
  his musical gifts.
But there was a time not long ago when the embattled thirty-eight-year-old
  wanted no part of the family business.
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