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combat

noun uk   /ˈkɒm.bæt/ us    /ˈkɑːm-/
C2 [C or U] a fight, especially during a war: There was fierce combat between the two sides. No one knew how many troops had died in combat. The soldiers were engaged in hand-to-hand combat. armed combat (= fighting with weapons) unarmed combat (= fighting without weapons)Fighting [C] a fight between two people or things: The film explores the combat between good and evil.Fighting

combat

verb [T] uk   /kəmˈbæt/ us    /ˈkɑːm.bæt/ (-tt- or -t-)
C2 to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing: to combat crime/terrorism/inflation/disease The government is spending millions of dollars in its attempt to combat drug abuse. I have to combat this constant desire to eat chocolate.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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