Meaning of “combat” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “combat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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combatnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkɑm·bæt/

fighting during a time of war:

[ U ] No one knew how many troops had died in combat.

Combat is also a fight between two people or things:

[ C ] The film explores the combat between good and evil.
adjective us /kəmˈbæt̬·ɪv/

When you are in a combative mood, you are not pleasant company.

combatverb [ T ]

us /kəmˈbæt, ˈkɑm·bæt/

to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing:

We must try to combat poverty and illiteracy.

(Definition of “combat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)