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noun American English pronunciation: combat /ˈkɑmˌbæt/ 
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singularcombat
pluralcombats
  1. 1
    [uncountable] fighting during a war

    fears of escalating combat

    in combat:

    soldiers killed in combat

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a fight, especially an organized fight, between two people

      unarmed combat (=without weapons)

    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to fighting in a war

      combat forces/troops/aircraft

      a combat mission/zone

  2. 2
    [singular] an attempt to stop something bad or to solve a difficult problem

    These enzymes are important in the combat against bacteria.

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