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English Dictionary: combat by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
combat
n
  1. an engagement fought between two military forces [syn: combat, armed combat]
  2. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
    Synonym(s): fight, fighting, combat, scrap
v
  1. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"
    Synonym(s): battle, combat
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Combat \Com"bat\ (? [or] ?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
      {Combated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Combating}.] [F. combattre;
      pref. com- + battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See
      {Batter}.]
      To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
  
               To combat with a blind man I disdain.      --Milton.
  
               After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated
               only for the choice of masters.               --Gibbon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Combat \Com"bat\, v. t.
      To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend
      against; to resist.
  
               When he the ambitious Norway combated.   --Shak.
  
               And combated in silence all these reasons. --Milton.
  
               Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled.
                                                                              --Goldsmith.
  
      Syn: To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn;
               antagonize; repel; resent.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Combat \Com"bat\, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
      1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
  
                     My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak.
  
                     The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was
                     fought in Paulina.                              --Shak.
  
      2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in
            which the parties engaged are not armies.
  
      {Single combat}, one in which a single combatant meets a
            single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath;
            also, a duel.
  
      Syn: A battle; engagement; conflict; contest; contention;
               struggle; fight, strife. See {Battle}, {Contest}.
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