• Noun:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒmˌbæt/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑmˌbæt/
  • Verb:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒmˌbæt/
    • (America) IPA: /kəmˈbæt/, /ˈkɑmˌbæt/


  1. A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used).
    • 1907, Robert William 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; […]."
  2. a struggle for victory
Translations Verb

combat (combats, present participle combatting; past and past participle combatted)

  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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