Battle meaning

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To engage in or as if in battle.
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To fight against.

Battled the enemy; battled cancer.

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Armed fighting; combat or war.
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The definition of a battle is a fight or conflict with or without weapons.

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.

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A fight, esp. a large-scale engagement, between armed forces on land, at sea, or in the air.
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Any fight or struggle; conflict.
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A battalion.
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To oppose as in a battle; fight.
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To try to overcome; struggle against or contend with.

A patient battling cancer.

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To take part in a battle; fight.
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To struggle; contend.
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To build battlements on.
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(UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England, agriculture) Improving; nutritious; fattening.

Battle grass, battle pasture.

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(UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England) Fertile; fruitful.

Battle soil, battle land.

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(UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England) To nourish; feed.
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(UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England) To render fertile or fruitful, as in soil.
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To fight or struggle against something.

She has been battling against cancer for years.

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A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
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(now rare) A division of an army; a battalion.
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(intransitive) To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
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To assail in battle; to fight.
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A habitational surname​ from places in England that have been sites of a battle.
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A town in East Sussex, supposed site of the Battle of Hastings.
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Battle is defined as to fight someone or something with or without weapons.

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.

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A match between two combatants.

Trial by battle.

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The battle of life.

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give battle
  • To engage in battle; fight.
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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 Wiktionary
  • 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”)).
    From Wiktionary
  • Displaced native Old English hild (“battle”), Old English beadu (“battle, war”).
    From Wiktionary