combat Definition

  • 1to fight against someone or something
  • 2to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing

Using combat: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "combat" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The soldiers were trained to combat the enemy.

  • Example

    We need to combat climate change before it's too late.

  • Example

    The government is taking measures to combat drug trafficking.

  • Example

    She is determined to combat discrimination in the workplace.

combat Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for combat

Antonyms for combat

Idioms Using combat

  • a state of extreme tiredness and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged exposure to stressful and traumatic situations, especially in war


    The soldiers suffered from combat fatigue after months of fighting.

  • prepared and equipped for battle or other military operations


    The troops were combat ready and waiting for orders.

  • a military operation with the objective of engaging the enemy in combat


    The soldiers were briefed on their combat mission before being deployed.

Phrases with combat

  • hand-to-hand combat

    a physical fight between two people, without weapons


    The soldiers were trained in hand-to-hand combat.

  • combat boots

    heavy-duty boots worn by soldiers for protection during combat


    He wore his combat boots to the military parade.

  • an area where fighting is taking place or likely to take place


    The city was declared a combat zone due to the ongoing conflict.

Origins of combat

from Old French 'comabattre', meaning 'to fight'


Summary: combat in Brief

The verb 'combat' [ˈkɒmbæt] means to fight against someone or something, or to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening. It can refer to physical fighting, as in 'hand-to-hand combat,' or to more abstract struggles, such as 'She is determined to combat discrimination in the workplace.' Other phrases include 'combat boots' and 'combat mission.'

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