Battled the enemy; battled cancer.
An alcoholic trying to stay sober is an example of a battle with alcoholism.
The British-American War of 1812 is an example of a famous battle.
A patient battling cancer.
She has been battling against cancer for years.
An example of a person who battles is one who has a video game match with a friend.
A person who has cancer and is doing everything they can to beat it is an example of someone who battles their disease.
Trial by battle.
- To engage in battle; fight.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of battle
- Middle English batel from Old French bataille from Vulgar Latin battālia from Late Latin battuālia fighting and fencing exercises from Latin battuere to beat
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Early Modern English batell, probably from Middle English *batel (“flourishing”), from Old English *batol (“improving, tending to be good”), from batian (“to get better, improve”), from Proto-Germanic *batōną, *bōtijaną (“to improve, atone, be favourable”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰAd- (“good”) + -le. Related to North Frisian bate, baatsje (“to get better”), Dutch baten (“to benefit, avail, profit”), Low German batten (“to be sly”). Compare batten (“to improve, become better, fatten, flourish”). More at better.
- From Middle English batel, from Old French bataille, from Vulgar Latin *battālia, from Late Latin battuālia (“fighting and fencing exercises”), from Latin battuō (“to strike, beat”), from Gaulish (compare Welsh bathu (“to strike money, coin, mint”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bhau(t)- (“to knock”) (compare Latin fatuus (“silly, knocked silly”), Gothic (bauþs, “deaf, numb, dumbstruck”)).
- Displaced native Old English hild (“battle”), Old English beadu (“battle, war”).