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battle (n.)

"fight or hostile engagement between opposing forces," c. 1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)).

Battle-cry is from 1812; battle-flagfrom 1840; battle-scarred is from 1848. Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.

battle (v.)

early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.

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Definitions of battle
1
battle (n.)
a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war;
Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
Synonyms: conflict / fight / engagement
battle (n.)
an energetic attempt to achieve something;
he fought a battle for recognition
Synonyms: struggle
battle (n.)
an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine;
police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
Synonyms: conflict / struggle
2
battle (v.)
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle;
they battled over the budget
Synonyms: combat
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