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noun battle pronunciation in British English /ˈbæt(ə)l/ 
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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.

  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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