[verb kuh m-bat, kom-bat, kuhm-; noun kom-bat, kuhm-] /verb kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-; noun ˈkɒm bæt, ˈkʌm-/
verb (used with object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously:
to combat crime.
verb (used without object), combated, combating or (especially British) combatted, combatting.
to battle; contend:
to combat with disease.
Military. active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.
noun (ˈkɒmbæt; -bət; ˈkʌm-)
a fight, conflict, or struggle
single combat, a fight between two individuals; duel
close combat, hand-to-hand combat, fighting at close quarters
verb (kəmˈbæt; ˈkɒmbæt; ˈkʌm-) -bats, -bating, -bated
(transitive) to fight or defy
(intransitive; often foll by with or against) to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with): to combat against disease
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from Old French combattre (12c.), from Late Latin combattere, from Latin com- “with” (each other) (see com-) + battuere “to beat, fight” (see batter (v.)). Related: Combated; combating; combatted; combatting.
1560s, from Middle French combat (16c.), from combattre (see combat (v.)).
noun 1. Military. an area in a theater of operations where combat forces operate, extending typically from the front line to the communications zone. 2. Slang. an area in some cities, usually in an older midtown section, where pornography stores, striptease bars, etc., flourish, or are tolerated because of being concentrated in one district.
noun 1. a Windsor chair back in which the vertical spindles are surmounted by a broad, carved crest rail resembling a comb.
[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/ noun, British. 1. a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side. /kuːm/ noun 1. variant spellings of coomb
- Combe-Capelle man
[kohm-ka-pel] /ˈkoʊm kæˈpɛl/ noun 1. a skeleton of the early Upper Paleolithic Perigordian culture in France.