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Dictionary definition for: Battle

1. (n) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

2. (v) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq" "We must combat the prejudices against other races" "they battled over the budget"

3. (n) an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle" "he fought a battle for recognition"

4. (n) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals) "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

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