English noun: battle
|1.||battle (act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war|
|Samples||Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga.|
He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement.
|Synonyms||conflict, engagement, fight|
|Broader (hypernym)||action, military action|
|Narrower (hyponym)||Armageddon, armed combat, assault, combat, dogfight, naval battle, pitched battle|
|Instance hyponym||Battle of Britain, Drogheda|
|Part meronym||war, warfare|
|Domain category||armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine|
|2.||battle (act) an energetic attempt to achieve something|
|Samples||Getting through the crowd was a real struggle.|
He fought a battle for recognition.
|Broader (hypernym)||attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try|
|Narrower (hyponym)||duel, joust, scramble, scuffle, tilt|
|3.||battle (act) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)|
|Samples||The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.|
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs.
|Broader (hypernym)||group action|
|Narrower (hyponym)||class struggle, class war, class warfare, combat, counterinsurgency, feud, fight, fighting, insurrection, pacification, rebellion, revolt, rising, scrap, strife, tug-of-war, turf war, uprising, war, warfare|
English verb: battle
|1.||battle (competition) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle|
|Samples||The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq.|
We must combat the prejudices against other races.
They battled over the budget.
|Examples||Sam and Sue battle, Sam cannot battle Sue|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s.|
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody
|Broader (hypernym)||contend, fight, struggle|
|Narrower (hyponym)||dogfight, wrestle|