transitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- to prepare, array, or set in line for battle
- to fortify
- to provide with battlements
Origin of embattleMiddle English embataillen: see en- and battlement
transitive verbem·bat·tled, em·bat·tling, em·bat·tles
- To prepare for battle; array.
- To furnish with battlements for defense.
Origin of embattleMiddle English embataillen from Old French embataillier en- in ; see en- 1. bataillier to battle ( from bataille battle ; see battle . )
(third-person singular simple present embattles, present participle embattling, simple past and past participle embattled)
Borrowing from Old French embataillier; pref. em- (Latin in) + bataille (“battle”).