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Definition of battle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they battle
he / she / it battles
past simple battled
-ing form battling
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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. The two teams will battle it out in the Superbowl next week. It's vital that we keep battling away at the problem. battle something He battled cancer for four years.
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