—v.kum-bat', kom'bat, kum'-;
—n.kom'bat, kum'-), [key]
—v., -bat•ed, -bat•ing or (esp. Brit.) -bat•ted, -bat•ting,
to fight or contend against; oppose vigorously: to combat crime.
to battle; contend: to combat with disease.
1. Mil.active, armed fighting with enemy forces.
2. a fight, struggle, or controversy, as between two persons, teams, or ideas.
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