Definition of join battle in English:

join battle


  • Begin fighting.

    ‘the armies of the north and south joined battle’
    • ‘Joseph is generally blamed for joining battle at Vitoria while some of his divisions were some way away.’
    • ‘It won't risk damaging itself by joining battle with typical prey, such as an elephant seal.’
    • ‘And then, using the dealmaker's lingo for joining battle, he broke the news: ‘I'm going to engage.’’
    • ‘Expectations now fulfilled, the two clubs are set to join battle at Walsh Park on Sunday in what promises to be a right cracker of a decider.’
    • ‘There were more on the way when I moved into range, and they joined battle as I was leaving.’
    • ‘The main body of forces of first-echelon armies of the front moved up on the heels of forward elements and joined battle.’
    • ‘I understand Longclaw took a shuttle and went to join battle with the Lyrans.’
    • ‘This area - national security - might not have been the best place for joining battle last week, but battle is joined.’
    • ‘We're here to mark that day in history when the allied armies joined battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.’
    • ‘He gave chase for five days and then engaged the enemy, despite four of his ships lagging behind and their captains failing to join battle.’