HyperDic: combat

English > 3 senses of the word combat:
NOUNactcombat, armed combatan engagement fought between two military forces
actcombat, fight, fighting, scrapthe act of fighting
VERBcompetitioncombat, battlebattle or contend against in or as if in a battle
combat > pronunciation
Soundskaa'mbaet; kahmbae't
Rhymesacrobat ... ziggurat: 63 rhymes with aet...
English > combat: 3 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningAn engagement fought between two military forces.
Synonymarmed combat
Categorymilitary, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineThe military forces of a nation
Part ofwar, warfareThe waging of armed conflict against an enemy / enemy
NarroweraggressionThe act of initiating hostilities
hostilities, belligerencyfighting
trench warfareA type of armed combat in which the opposing troops fight from trenches that face each other
Broaderbattle, conflict, fight, engagementA hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
Spanishcombate, contienda
Catalancombat, contesa
Verbscombatbattle or contend against in or as if in a battle
English > combat: 3 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe act of fighting; any contest or struggle.
Synonymsfight, fighting, scrap
PartsblowA powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
Narroweraffray, disturbance, fray, ruffleA noisy fight
battering, bangingThe act of subjecting to strong attack
beating, whippingThe act of overcoming or outdoing
brawl, free-for-allA noisy fight in a crowd
brush, clash, encounter, skirmishA minor short-term fight
close-quarter fightinghand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
dogfightA violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)
duel, affaire d'honneurA prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
fencingThe art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
fistfight, fisticuffs, slugfestA fight with bare fists
gunfight, gunplay, shootoutA fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
hassle, scuffle, tussle, dogfight, rough-and-tumbledisorderly fighting
in-fightingconflict / conflict / conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders)
knife fight, snickersnee, cut-and-thrustfighting with knives
rumble, gang fightA fight between rival gangs of adolescents
set-toA brief but vigorous fight
shock, impactThe violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
single combatA fight between two people
Broaderconflict, struggle, battleAn open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
Spanishacción, batalla, brega, combate, lucha, pelea
Catalanbaralla, batalla, brega, combat, lluita
Verbscombatbattle or contend against in or as if in a battle
English > combat: 3 senses > verb 1, competition
MeaningBattle or contend against in or as if in a battle.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Examples
  • "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq"
  • "We must combat the prejudices against other races"
Synonymbattle
NarrowerdogfightEngage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane
wrestlecombat to overcome an opposing tendency or force
Broadercontend, fight, struggleBe engaged in a fight
Spanishbatallar, combatir, luchar
Catalanbatallar, combatre
Adjectivescombatantengaging in or ready for combat
combativehaving or showing a ready disposition to fight
Nounscombatan engagement fought between two military forces
combatthe act of fighting
combatantsomeone who fights (or is fighting)

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