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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Combat \Com"bat\ (? or ?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Combated; p. pr. & vb. n. Combating.] [F. combattre; pref. com- + battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See Batter.] To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight. [1913 Webster] To combat with a blind man I disdain. --Milton. [1913 Webster] After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated only for the choice of masters. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]