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combat (v.)

1560s, "to fight, struggle, contend" (intransitive), from 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.)). Transitive sense is from 1580s; figurative sense from 1620s. Related: Combated; combating; combatted; combatting.

combat (n.)

1560s, "a fight," originally especially "a fight between two armed persons" (later distinguished as single combat, 1620s), also in a general sense of "any struggle or fight between opposing forces," from French combat (see combat (v.)).

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Definitions of combat from WordNet
1
combat (n.)
an engagement fought between two military forces;
Synonyms: armed combat
combat (n.)
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle;
Synonyms: fight / fighting / scrap
2
combat (v.)
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle;
We must combat the prejudices against other races
The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq
Synonyms: battle
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