Com·bat v. i. [imp. & p. p. Combated; p. pr. & vb. n. Combating.] To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
To combat with a blind man I disdain. --Milton.
After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated only for the choice of masters. --Gibbon.
Com·bat, v. t. To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist.
When he the ambitious Norway combated. --Shak.
And combated in silence all these reasons. --Milton.
Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled. --Goldsmith.
Syn: -- To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn; antagonize; repel; resent.
1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak.
The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina. --Shak.
2. Mil. An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
Single combat, one in which a single combatant meets a single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath; also, a duel.
Syn: -- A battle; engagement; conflict; contest; contention; struggle; fight, strife. See Battle, Contest.
n 1: an engagement fought between two military forces [syn: armed
2: the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke
out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the
streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
[syn: fight, fighting, scrap]
v : battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The
Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; "We
must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they
battled over the budget" [syn: battle]
[also: combatting, combatted]