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English noun: battle

1. battle (act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war


SamplesGrant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga.
He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement.


Synonymsconflict, engagement, fight


Broader (hypernym)action, military action


Narrower (hyponym)Armageddon, armed combat, assault, combat, dogfight, naval battle, pitched battle


Instance hyponymBattle of Britain, Drogheda


Part meronymwar, warfare


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. battle (act) an energetic attempt to achieve something


SamplesGetting through the crowd was a real struggle.
He fought a battle for recognition.


Synonymsstruggle


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)


SamplesThe harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs.


Synonymsconflict, struggle


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


SamplesThe Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq.
We must combat the prejudices against other races.
They battled over the budget.


ExamplesSam and Sue battle, Sam cannot battle Sue


Synonymscombat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle


Narrower (hyponym)dogfight, wrestle









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