A battle is a fight. It could be part of a war or a nonmilitary conflict between groups or individuals:
- A battle between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress has resulted in a shutdown of the government.
- The Battle of the Bulge was a famous battle fought in Belgium during World War II.
- The soccer match we watched was an interesting battle between two great teams.
- A disagreement between two gangs ended in a street battle involving guns.
- The people who were opposed to the development of a high-rise building lost their battle against the developers.
- The battle between the sister and the brother resulted in a draw. No one won.
- After several years of battle, the two sides finally reached an agreement and signed a truce. (truce: an agreement to end a military conflict.)
- The battle at sea lasted for hours.
a battle at sea
This word is also used as a verb:
- Contestants battled it out during the competition.
- Syrian rebels continue to battle against the government and against each other.
- The bicyclists are battling to get ahead of each other.
- Those two companies have been battling each other in the marketplace for over two decades.
Note: Sometimes a "t" in the middle of a word sounds like a "d."
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October 2, 2013