Definition of battle in English:


Line breaks: bat¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈbat(ə)l



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  • 1Struggle tenaciously to achieve or resist something: he has been battling against the illness
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    • 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.
    fight, combat, contend with; resist, withstand, stand up to, put up a fight against, confront; war, feud; struggle, strive, campaign, work, toil
  • 1.1 [with object] Engage in a fight or struggle against: firefighters battled a 9,800-acre brush fire
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    • 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.
    scramble, struggle, labour; fight, elbow, push


battle it out

Fight or compete to a definite conclusion: bike riders from all over the country battled it out
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  • 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.

battle royal

(plural battles royal) A fiercely contested fight or dispute: there promises to be a battle royal between the two companies
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  • 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.

battle stations

chiefly US The positions taken by military personnel in preparation for battle (often used as a command or signal to prepare for battle).
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  • 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 battle
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  • 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'.

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