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noun battle pronunciation in British English /ˈbæt(ə)l/
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singularbattle
pluralbattles
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a fight between two armies in a war
    one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War
    battle of: the Battle of Waterloo
    in battle: soldiers wounded in battle
    1. a.
      [countable] a fight between two groups of people
      He was wounded in a gun battle with the police.
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  2. 2
    [countable] a situation in which different people or groups compete with each other in order to achieve something or get an advantage
    The couple are locked in a bitter legal battle over custody of their children.
    a boardroom battle
    battle for: the battle for the leadership of the Labour Party
    a battle to do something: Supermarkets are cutting prices in a desperate battle to win customers.
    1. a.
      a situation in which someone is trying very hard to deal with a difficult situation
      battle against: She has lost her battle against breast cancer.
      a battle to do something: It was a daily battle to get my son to go to school.
      fight a losing battle (=try to do something that will probably fail): She tried to get him to go, but she knew she was fighting a losing battle.

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