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battle

 
Noun battle has 3 senses
  1. battle, conflict, fight, engagement - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
    --1 is a kind of military action, action
    --1 is a part of war, warfare
    --1 has particulars:
     Armageddon; pitched battle; naval battle; combat, armed combat; dogfight; assault; Battle of Britain; Drogheda
    Derived form: verb battle1
  2. struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
    --2 is a kind of attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    --2 has particulars: duel; scramble, scuffle; joust, tilt
  3. conflict, struggle, battle - an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
    --3 is a kind of group action
    --3 has particulars:
     class struggle, class war, class warfare; rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising; pacification, counterinsurgency; strife; tug-of-war; turf war; fight, fighting, combat, scrap; feud; war, warfare
    Derived form: verb battle1
Verb battle has 1 sense
  1. battle, combat - battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"
    --1 is one way to fight, struggle
    Derived forms: noun battle3, noun battle1, noun battler1
    Sample sentences:
    Sam and Sue battle
    Sam cannot battle Sue
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