Military Engagement

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Definition 1:
A military fight between groups of soldiers, ships, airplanes, etc. count noncount .

That two-day conflict has become one of the most famous battles in history.
The battle continued late into the night.
The battle of Gettysburg
The men never spoke of the difficulties of battle. [=war]
Hundreds of dead soldiers lay on the field of battle. [=the battlefield]
The brave warriors who died/fell in battle [=while fighting in a war]
Thousands of soldiers were willing to go into battle to fight the enemy.
Definition 2:
A violent fight in which people use weapons .

A police officer was injured in a gun battle that took place last night.
Definition 3:
A fight between people or groups in which each side tries to win a contest (such as a game or an election) or to gain control of something (such as a company) often + for often followed by to + verb A battle of wits is a contest in which each side tries to win by being smarter or cleverer than the other side. A battle of wills is a contest in which each side tries to win by refusing to stop trying. .

The divorced couple is now in a fierce custody battle over their son. [=a legal fight about who their son will live with]
The company was involved in a legal battle with/against one of its employees.
He has been engaged in a running battle [=a fight or disagreement that continues for a long time] with the government over the amount of money he owes in taxes.
They are engaged in a battle for the presidency. [=a fight to win an election and become the president]
A battle for control of the land
A battle to control the land
In this movie, it’s a battle of wits as the bank robbers try to outsmart the city’s detectives.
The workers’ strike became a difficult battle of wills between the company and the labor union.
Definition 4:
A fight between two different or opposite forces .

The never-ending battle between/of good and evil
The comedy is a classic treatment of the battle of the sexes. [=the struggle for power between women and men]
Definition 5:
A long struggle to succeed or survive during a difficult situation If you are involved in a losing battle you are trying to do something with little or no chance of success. .

Last year, he lost his 10-year battle with/against AIDS. [=he died of AIDS after being sick with the disease for 10 years]
Starting her own business has proven to be an uphill battle. [=a very difficult struggle]
I tried to get him to change his mind, but it was a losing battle. [=he refused to change his mind]
She tried to stay awake but it was a losing battle.
A gardener fighting a losing battle against weeds

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