combat[kəm bat′, käm′bat′; kum′bat′; for n. & adj., käm′bat′]
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 verbcombated or combatted, combating or combatting
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 or 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.
verb, intransitive Archaic
- 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)