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1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
2. A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.
v. du·eled, du·el·ing, du·els or du·elled or du·el·ling
1. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
2. To oppose actively and forcefully.
To engage in or as if in formal combat.
[Middle English duelle, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, war, archaic variant of bellum.]
du′el·er, du′el·ist n.
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