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parts of speech:
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: km baet [or] kam baet
inflections: combats, combating, combatting, combated, combatted
definition: to fight against or oppose forcefully.
Doctors try to combat disease.She combated the urge to cry.
battle, fight, oppose, resist
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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.
battle, clash, contend, fight, strive, struggle
similar words:
argue, bicker, engage, grapple, squabble, war, wrangle
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adverb + (v.)combat effectively, full
(v.)combat + nounHelp abuse, aircraft, boot, cancer, climate, command, corruption, crime, depression, discrimination, disease, drug, duty, engineer, epidemic, evil, fatigue, financing, fraud, gear, illness, infection, inflation, mission, obesity, operation, piracy, pollution, poverty, racism, readiness, spread, stress, support, survival, terror, terrorism, threat, trafficking, troop, unit, veteran, violence, virus, warming  [See all][See only the most frequent]
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.
action, battle, clash, conflict, contention, engagement, fight, struggle, war, warfare
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altercation, argument, disagreement, dispute, encounter, feud, hostilities, quarrel, rivalry, showdown, skirmish, strife, wrangle
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adjective + (n.)combat actual, air-to-air, armed, close, decorated, direct, fierce, flying, hand-to-hand, intense, major, military, mortal, ready, regimental, unmanned, urban
verb + (n.)combat assign, command, declare, deploy, engage, fly, kill, lock, participate, serve, train, volunteer, withdraw, wound
noun + (n.)combat Help aerial, elite, ground, personnel, tank, warfare
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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 ."
bat Latin root that means beat
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