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battle

noun [C/U]  /ˈbæt̬·əl/ us  
a fight between armed forces, or an argument between two groups: [C] the Battle of Cedar Creek [C] a naval battle [C] The battle between street gangs went on for years. [C] They’re in a battle with their publisher over electronic rights. A battle can also be a serious effort to change a situation: [C] Doctors Without Borders is a group that wages battles against hunger and disease.

battle

verb [I/T]  /ˈbæt̬·əl/ us  
to fight, compete, or argue with another person or group: [I] Congress is battling with the White House over funding. [T] Long Horse died battling the Sioux in 1875. [I] I thought we had the game under control, but they really battled back. If you battle something, you try hard to change the situation: [I] The group was formed to battle prejudice.
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