Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “combat”

See all translations

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) [C] a fight between two people or things: The film explores the combat between good and evil.

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.
Translations of “combat”
in Korean 전투…
in Arabic مَعرَكة…
in French combat…
in Turkish muharebe, savaş, muharip…
in Italian combattimento, lotta…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指戰爭中的)戰鬥,搏鬥, 打鬥, 鬥爭…
in Russian сражение, бой…
in Polish walka…
in Spanish combate…
in Portuguese combate…
in German der (Zwei-)Kampf…
in Catalan combat…
in Japanese 戦闘…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指战争中的)战斗,搏斗, 打斗, 斗争…
(Definition of combat from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of combat?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “combat” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More