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

     

    combat

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbæt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbæt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they combat
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbæt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbæt//
     
    he / she / it combats
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbæts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbæts//
     
    past simple combated
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪd//
     
    past participle combated
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪd//
     
    past simple combatted
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪd//
     
    past participle combatted
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪd//
     
    -ing form combating
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪŋ//
     
    -ing form combatting
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbætɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbætɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1combat something to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or from getting worse measures to combat crime/inflation/unemployment/disease
  2. 2combat somebody (formal) to fight against an enemy
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (originally denoting a fight between two people or parties): from French combattre (verb), from late Latin combattere, from com- ‘together with’ + battere, variant of Latin batuere ‘to fight’.Extra examples Measures to combat violent crime have been proposed. She argued that the only way to combat inflation effectively was to keep interest rates high. proposing measures to combat crime He announced new measures to combat crime in the inner cities. The country has appealed for aid to combat serious shortages of foodstuffs. The security forces were unwilling to combat the insurgents.
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