- 1A sustained fight between large organized armed forces: the battle lasted for several hours [in names]: the Battle of Waterloo [mass noun]: he died in battleMore example sentences
fight, conflict, armed conflict, clash, struggle, skirmish, engagement, affray, fray, encounter, confrontation; contest, meeting, collision, duel; tussle, scuffle, melee, fracas; war, campaign, crusade; fighting, warfare, combat, action, hostilities• informal scrap, dogfight, shoot-out
- Hymns and prayers were said in memory of those who died in battle and those who fought and survived.
- He enjoyed wars and was the first prime minister since the duke of Wellington to have fought in battle.
- Sovereignty was a figure for all those brave soldiers who fought and died in battle.
- 1.1A lengthy and difficult conflict or struggle: the battle against ageingMore example sentences
- The pair had been embroiled in lengthy legal battles over Daniel, but had reached a shared custody agreement on his care before Kevin's death.
- One of the most difficult battles waged by these women has been against Public Works Department contractors.
- Allison and Kevin had, following lengthy legal battles, reached a shared custody agreement on Daniel's care.
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- 1Struggle tenaciously to achieve or resist something: he has been battling against the illnessMore example sentences
- Players on both sides are unknowingly battling for cross hemisphere respect from people they will never meet.
- As it stands, national lobby groups are battling against the ad budgets of brand name giants.
- Furious residents are battling for the second time to stop huge mobile phone masts going up in Corsham town centre.
- 1.1 [with object] Engage in a fight or struggle against: firefighters battled a 9,800-acre brush fireMore example sentences
- Firefighters battled a blaze at the disused Robert Fletcher paper mill in Stoneclough last night.
- Elsewhere, firefighters battled flash floods caused by the torrential rain.
- The building was evacuated, and firefighters battled the fire for more than an hour.
battle it out
- Fight or compete to a definite conclusion: bike riders from all over the country battled it outMore example sentences
- The sheepdog won round one of Thursday's competition before battling it out in the final with 30 other dogs in the mixed breed category.
- The first event on the list is the mixed draughts competitions with Hacketstown battling it out in two sections.
- Shooting teams from all over Europe battled it out in an exciting competition three weeks ago in Bywell, Scotland.
- (plural battles royal) A fiercely contested fight or dispute: there promises to be a battle royal between the two companiesMore example sentences
- The wisdom of those remarks is demonstrated by the revelation that these parties have spent £50,000 on this litigation so far and they still have a battle royal to fight over damages for misrepresentation.
- And so, given the budget deficits ahead, the battle royal will be fought over what remains of federal social spending.
- Del Toro brings a solid visual eye to the project, but his fight scenes are overlong and too close to a WWF battle royal than superhuman opponents squaring off.
- chiefly US The positions taken by military personnel in preparation for battle (often used as a command or signal to prepare for battle).More example sentences
- Now a deafening siren comes on and a speaker blares ‘Battle stations, all personnel to battle stations.’
- Because their mission is yet to be determined, the crewmembers are training on everything from force protection to battle stations and rules of engagement.
- They only test how efficient specialists are at their battle stations as part of teams or crews.
half the battle
- An important step towards achieving something: he never gives in, and that’s half the battleMore example sentences
- Curiosity is the first step towards knowledge, and knowing is half the battle.
- If a good start is half the battle then two good starts will surely win most battles.
- I knew that was only half the battle - exercise was going to be an important component to my weight loss.
Middle English: from Old French bataille (noun), bataillier (verb), based on late Latin battualia 'military or gladiatorial exercises', from Latin battuere 'to beat'.