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COMBAT, verb intransitive

1. To fight; to struggle or contend with an opposing force.

Pardon me; I will not combat in my shirt.

This word is particularly used to denote private contest, or the fighting of two persons in a duel; but it is used in a general sense for the contention of bodies of men, nations, armies, or any species of animals.

After the fall of the republic, the Romans comabated only for the choice of maters.

2. To act in opposition.

It is followed by with before the person, and for before the thing sought.

A combats with B for his right.

COMBAT, verb transitive

1. To fight with; to oppose by force; as, to combat an antagonist.

2. To contend against; to oppose; to resist; as, to combat arguments or opinions.

COMBAT, noun

1. A fighting; a struggling to resist, overthrow or conquer; contest by force; engagement; battle; as the combat of armies.

2. A duel; a fighting between two men; formerly, a formal trail of a doubtful cause, or decision of a controversy between two persons, by swords or batons.