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battle

bat·tle

battle

 
 
pronunciation:
bae tl
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hostile and violent meeting between two opposing sides; fight.
A decisive battle of the Civil War was fought on this hill.
synonyms:
action, clash, combat, conflict, encounter, engagement, fight
similar words:
Armageddon, disagreement, firefight, fray, melee, scrimmage, skirmish, struggle
definition 2: a contest or competition.
The race was a battle between two excellent runners.
synonyms:
clash, competition, contest
similar words:
bout, contention, duel, game, match, meet, rivalry, tournament
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: battled, battles, battling
definition 1: to engage in a battle or fight.
The ship's crew battled against the terrible storm.
synonyms:
combat, fight
similar words:
compete, contend, contest, duel, encounter, engage, skirmish, struggle
definition 2: to struggle.
He battled hard against alcoholism.
synonyms:
combat, fight, struggle
similar words:
contend, grapple, strive, wrestle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to fight or struggle against.
They are battling the disease with sophisticated drugs nowadays.
synonyms:
combat, fight
similar words:
duel, encounter, engage
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