battle - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/ˈbæt(ə)l/
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.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    3
    pick your battles to choose to take part in only those fights you are likely to win, rather than contesting everything you disagree with

    You pick your battles and this one is not mine.

    Submitted by rose from United States on 13/05/2017
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