I UK [ˈbæt(ə)l] / US noun
Word forms "battle":
singular battle plural battles
a) [countable/uncountable] a fight between two armies in a war

one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War

battle of:

the Battle of Waterloo

in battle:

soldiers wounded in battle

b) [countable] a fight between two groups of people

He was wounded in a gun battle with the police.

a) [countable] a situation in which different people or groups compete with each other in order to achieve something or get an advantage

The couple are locked in a bitter legal battle over custody of their children.

a boardroom battle

battle for:

the battle for the leadership of the Labour Party

a battle to do something:

Supermarkets are cutting prices in a desperate battle to win customers.

b) a situation in which someone is trying very hard to deal with a difficult situation
battle against:

She has lost her battle against breast cancer.

a battle to do something:

It was a daily battle to get my son to go to school.

fight a losing battle (= try to do something that will probably fail):

She tried to get him to go, but she knew she was fighting a losing battle.


II UK [ˈbæt(ə)l] / US verb
Word forms "battle":
present tense I/you/we/they battle he/she/it battles present participle battling past tense battled past participle battled
1) [intransitive/transitive] to try very hard to deal with a difficult situation

Many species of birds are battling extinction.

battle against:

She described how they had battled against huge waves to save their friend.

battle to do something:

Surgeons battled to save the man's life.

2) [intransitive] to compete with someone, or to try to achieve the opposite of what they are trying to achieve
battle with:

Hakkinen was battling with Schumacher for first place.

battle against:

A small, ill-equipped police force is battling against the powerful drug barons.

battle for:

The three men are battling for the world title.

English dictionary. 2014.


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