To join battle
Join Join (join), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joined} (joind); p. pr. & vb. n. {Joining}.] [OE. joinen, joignen, F. joindre, fr. L. jungere to yoke, bind together, join; akin to jugum yoke. See {Yoke}, and cf. {Conjugal}, {Junction}, {Junta}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring together, literally or figuratively; to place in contact; to connect; to couple; to unite; to combine; to associate; to add; to append. [1913 Webster]

Woe unto them that join house to house. --Is. v. 8. [1913 Webster]

Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn Like twenty torches joined. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thy tuneful voice with numbers join. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To associate one's self to; to be or become connected with; to league one's self with; to unite with; as, to join a party; to join the church. [1913 Webster]

We jointly now to join no other head. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To unite in marriage. [1913 Webster]

He that joineth his virgin in matrimony. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

What, therefore, God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. --Matt. xix. 6. [1913 Webster]

4. To enjoin upon; to command. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster]

They join them penance, as they call it. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster]

5. To accept, or engage in, as a contest; as, to join encounter, battle, issue. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. To meet with and accompany; as, we joined them at the restaurant. [PJC]

7. To combine with (another person) in performing some activity; as, join me in welcoming our new president. [PJC]

{To join battle}, {To join issue}. See under {Battle}, {Issue}.

Syn: To add; annex; unite; connect; combine; consociate; couple; link; append. See {Add}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To join battle — Battle Bat tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel}, and see… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give battle — Battle Bat tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel}, and see… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To join issue — Join Join (join), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joined} (joind); p. pr. & vb. n. {Joining}.] [OE. joinen, joignen, F. joindre, fr. L. jungere to yoke, bind together, join; akin to jugum yoke. See {Yoke}, and cf. {Conjugal}, {Junction}, {Junta}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • join battle (with somebody) — join ˈbattle (with sb) idiom (formal) to begin fighting sb: (figurative) Local residents have joined battle with the council over the lack of parking facilities. Main entry: ↑joinidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • join battle — verb engage in a conflict The battle over health care reform was joined • Hypernyms: ↑contend, ↑fight, ↑struggle • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * join battle To engage in fighting …   Useful english dictionary

  • join battle — participate in combat, go to battle, go out to fight in combat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • join battle — very formal to start fighting …   English dictionary

  • Join — (join), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joined} (joind); p. pr. & vb. n. {Joining}.] [OE. joinen, joignen, F. joindre, fr. L. jungere to yoke, bind together, join; akin to jugum yoke. See {Yoke}, and cf. {Conjugal}, {Junction}, {Junta}.] [1913 Webster] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Battle — Bat tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel}, and see {Batter} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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