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English definition of “combat”


verb [T]     /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
(Definition of combat verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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