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combat

com·bat

combat

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: km baet [or] kam baet
inflections: combated, combating, combats, combatted, combatting
definition: to fight against or oppose forcefully.
Doctors try to combat disease.She combated the urge to cry.
synonyms:
battle, fight, oppose, resist
antonyms:
champion
similar words:
assault, attack, challenge, check, conflict with, contest, curb, dispute, foil, halt, restrain
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: km baet
definition: to fight or struggle.
The rival armies combated for weeks.
synonyms:
battle, clash, contend, fight, strive, struggle
similar words:
argue, bicker, engage, grapple, squabble, war, wrangle
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam baet
definition: fighting, as between warring opponents.
The troops engaged in heavy combat that day.Her son had died in combat in Italy.
synonyms:
action, battle, clash, conflict, contention, engagement, fight, struggle, war, warfare
similar words:
altercation, argument, disagreement, dispute, encounter, feud, hostilities, quarrel, rivalry, showdown, skirmish, strife, wrangle
Word Parts
The word combat contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
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bat Latin root that means beat
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