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noun combat pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑmˌbæt/
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  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)
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    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to fighting in a war
      combat forces/troops/aircraft
      a combat mission/zone
    3. c.
      [only before noun] used about clothes worn in the military, especially in a battle
      combat fatigues/jackets
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  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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