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combat

  

      n  
1    a fight, conflict, or struggle  
2   
a    an action fought between two military forces  
b    (as modifier)  
a combat jacket     
3    single combat   a fight between two individuals; duel  
4    close or hand-to-hand combat   fighting at close quarters  
      vb   , -bats, -bating, -bated  
5    tr   to fight or defy  
6    intr; often foll by: with or against   to struggle or strive (against); be in conflict (with)  
to combat against disease     
     (C16: from French, from Old French combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere (unattested), from Latin com- with + battuere to beat, hit)  
  combatable      adj  
  combater      n  


combat fatigue  
      n      another term for       battle fatigue  
hors de combat     (French)  
      adj   postpositive,  
      adv   disabled or injured  
     (literally: out of (the) fight)  
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