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"battle" in British English

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battlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈbæt.l̩/  us   /ˈbæt̬-/

battle noun [C] (FIGHT)

B1 a ​fight between ​armedforces: 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 ​groupwants to ​change: The ​aidagencycontinues the battle againstignorance and ​superstition. The battle for women's ​rights still goes on.

battle noun [C] (EFFORT)

B2 a ​determinedeffort to ​achieve something in a ​difficultsituation or to ​change a ​badsituation: a ​long battle against ​cancer

battleverb [I]

uk   /ˈbæt.l̩/  us   /ˈbæt̬-/
to ​fight: Police battled withresidents in this inner-city ​area for three ​days. For ​years the two ​nations battled overterritory.C2 to ​try hard to ​achieve something in a ​difficultsituation: He had to battle againstprejudice 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 ​rooffixed.
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(Definition of battle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"battle" in American English

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battlenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbæt̬·əl/
a ​fight between ​armedforces, or an ​argument between two ​groups: [C] the Battle of Cedar Creek [C] a ​naval battle [C] The battle between ​streetgangs went on for ​years. [C] They’re in a battle with ​theirpublisher over ​electronicrights. A battle can also be a ​seriouseffort to ​change a ​situation: [C] Doctors Without Borders is a ​group that ​wages battles against ​hunger and ​disease.

battleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈbæt̬·əl/
to ​fight, ​compete, or ​argue with another ​person or ​group: [I] Congress is battling with the ​WhiteHouse 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.
(Definition of battle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"battle" in Business English

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battlenoun

uk   us   /ˈbætl/
[C] a ​competition or argument between two or more ​people or ​organizations for ​power or ​control: battle for/over sth They were locked in a battle for ​boardroomcontrol.battle against/with sb If you want to ​stay in the battle with ​competitors, you must constantly ​update your ​services.battle between sb and sb the ongoing battle between the ​government and the ​unions a fierce/bitter/long-running battlea takeover/bidding/bid battle After suffering a ​drop in ​profits, the ​firmfound itself in the middle of a ​takeover battle.fight/lose/win a battle Has ​Europelost the battle with America over ​onlinedominance?be locked in/engaged in a battle (to do sth) The entire ​aviationindustry is locked in a battle to ​produce the most ​efficientaircraft and ​engines.
[S] a ​situation in which you ​try very hard to solve problems or ​succeed: Many ​smallerfirms are ​losing out in the battle for ​survival.face/fight a battle The ​government faces a battle to ​regain the ​confidence of the ​financialmarkets.an uphill battle Workers fought an uphill battle to prove their illnesses were caused by on-the-job ​toxicexposures. battle to do sth the battle to ​develop new ​technologies

battleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈbætl/
if two or more ​people or ​organizations battle, or battle each other, they ​compete with each other for ​power or ​control: The ​company will now have to battle its ​resurgentcompetitor.battle for/over sth Unions and ​management are ​currently battling over ​pay and ​staffinglevels.battle with/against sb/sth He battled with the ​board for many months before ​finallyresigning. Budgethotels are battling it out to ​bring US-style ​prices to Britain.
to ​try very hard to solve a problem or to ​succeed: battle against sth She had to battle against ​prejudice to get the ​job. Against a ​background of ​changingconsumer habits, the ​big music ​groups are battling ​fallingsales. The ​retailer battled through a difficult spring and summer as ​salesfell by 2.5%.battle to do sth Hydro Electric ​staff battled to ​restorepower to up to 20,000 ​customers.
(Definition of battle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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