An example of combat is for a superhero to fight a criminal.
An example of a combat is a street fight.
Efforts to combat crime; drugs that combat infection.
Flew 50 combat missions.
Combat boots; combat troops.
Origin of combat
- French combattre from Old French from Late Latin combattere Latin com- com- Latin battere to beat (alteration of battuere)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition