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battle
British English: /ˈbat(ə)l/
American English: /ˈbædl/

Translation of battle in French:

noun

  • 1 (Military)
    for pour; against contre; between entre
    to die in battle
    mourir au combat
    to fight a battle to win/lose a battle
    gagner/perdre une bataille
    the Battle of Waterloo
    la bataille de Waterloo
    to go into battle to join battle to do battle with somebody
    se battre avec quelqu'un
    the field of battle
    le champ de bataille
    before n (formation, stations, zone)
    de combat
  • 2 [figurative]
    for pour; against contre; over à propos de
    political battle
    lutte (f) politique
    takeover battle (Politics)
    lutte (f) de succession
    the battle is on for/to do
    la lutte est engagée pour/pour faire
    the battle to prevent Aids
    la lutte pour la prévention du sida
    it's a battle of wills between them
    c'est à qui l'emportera entre eux
    a battle of words
    un échange acerbe
    to fight one's own battles
    se défendre tout seul
    to fight somebody's battles
    se battre pour le compte de quelqu'un

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • (Military) [figurative]
    with somebody contre quelqu'un
    to battle for
    se disputer
    (supremacy)
    lutter pour
    (life, survival)
    to battle to do
    lutter pour faire
    to battle one's way through
    vaincre [quelque chose] de haute lutte
    (difficulties, opposition)
    he battled his way to a victory
    il a remporté la victoire de haute lutte

Idioms

that's half the battle

c'est déjà un grand pas de fait

Phrasal verbs

battle on

battle out

to battle it out

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