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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: combattre, from Vulgar Latin combattere, from Latin com- ( COM-) + battuere 'to hit'

combat

2 verb
     
com‧bat2 past tense and past participle combated, present participle combating [transitive]
to try to stop something bad from happening or getting worse - used especially in news reports
combat inflation/crime/racism etc
To combat inflation, the government raised interest rates.
new strategies for combatting terrorism

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