Combat soldiers in Iraq.
- The definition of a combat is a battle or struggle.
An example of a combat is a street fight.
- Combat means to fight or struggle.
An example of combat is for a superhero to fight a criminal.
intransitive verb-·bat′ed or -·bat′ted, -·bat′ing or -·bat′ting
Origin of combatFrench combattre from Vulgar Latin an unverified form combattere from Classical Latin com-, with + battuere, to beat, fight: see batter
- armed fighting; battle
- any struggle or conflict; strife
Origin of combatFr < the v.
verbcom·bat·ed, com·bat·ing, com·bats, or com·bat·ted com·bat·ting
- To oppose in battle; fight against.
- To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop: efforts to combat crime; drugs that combat infection. See Synonyms at oppose.
- Fighting, especially with weapons: naval combat.
- Contention or strife: rhetorical combat.
- Of or relating to combat: flew 50 combat missions.
- Intended for use or deployment in combat: combat boots; combat troops.
Origin of combatFrench combattre from Old French from Late Latin combattere Latin com- com- Latin battere to beat ( alteration of battuere )
(countable and uncountable, plural combats)
(third-person singular simple present combats, present participle combatting or combating, simple past and past participle combatted or combated)