com·bat (kəm-băt, kŏmbăt′)
v. com·bat·ed, com·bat·ing, com·bats or com·bat·ted or com·bat·ting
1. To oppose in battle; fight against.
2. To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop: efforts to combat crime; drugs that combat infection. See Synonyms at oppose.
To engage in fighting; contend or struggle.
1. Fighting, especially with weapons: naval combat.
2. Contention or strife: rhetorical combat.
1. Of or relating to combat: flew 50 combat missions.
2. Intended for use or deployment in combat: combat boots; combat troops.
[French combattre, from Old French, from Late Latin combattere : Latin com-, com- + Latin battere, to beat (alteration of battuere).]
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