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battle

noun [C] uk   /ˈbæt.l̩/  us   /ˈbæt̬-/

battle noun [C] (FIGHT)

B1 a fight between armed forces: the Battle of the Somme Her only brother was killed in battle (= while fighting).
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battle noun [C] (ARGUMENT)

B2 an argument between two groups or against a situation that a group wants to change: The aid agency continues the battle against ignorance and superstition. The battle for women's rights still goes on.

battle noun [C] (EFFORT)

B2 a determined effort to achieve something in a difficult situation or to change a bad situation: a long battle against cancer

battle

verb [I] uk   /ˈbæt.l̩/  us   /ˈbæt̬-/
to fight: Police battled with residents in this inner-city area for three days. For years the two nations battled over territory.C2 to try hard to achieve something in a difficult situation: He had to battle against prejudice to get a job. Her parents battled for the right to be involved in the decision-making. We battled with the elements to get the roof fixed.
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