Definition of battle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

battle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbætl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they battle
BrE BrE//ˈbætl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætl//
 
he / she / it battles
BrE BrE//ˈbætlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætlz//
 
past simple battled
BrE BrE//ˈbætld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætld//
 
past participle battled
BrE BrE//ˈbætld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætld//
 
-ing form battling
BrE BrE//ˈbætlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to try very hard to achieve something difficult or to deal with something unpleasant or dangerous Both teams battled hard. I had to battle hard just to stay afloat. battle with/against somebody/something (for something) She's still battling with a knee injury. We had to battle against the elements to reach safety. battle for something The two leaders are battling for control of the government. battle it out The two sides will battle it out in the final next week. It’s vital that we keep battling away at the problem. battle something He battled cancer for four years. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French bataille (noun), bataillier (verb), based on late Latin battualia ‘military or gladiatorial exercises’, from Latin battuere ‘to beat’.Extra examples Competitors battled it out against the clock. Doctors battled in vain to save his life. He battled his way to the bar. He battled with cancer for many months. Rescuers battled against torrential rain and high winds. Residents are battling over plans for a new airport runway. Riot police battled with 4 000 students. The child battled bravely for her life. We battled through the snowstorm. We’ll keep battling away and hope that the goals start to come. battling for control of the party battling with leukaemia She’s still battling with a knee injury. The players have battled hard. The victims are battling for compensation. There are players from eight countries battling for the title. Unions are battling with the company over the job losses.
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