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 for To wage battle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wage \Wage\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Waging.] [OE. wagen, OF. wagier, gagier, to pledge,
     promise, F. gager to wager, lay, bet, fr. LL. wadium a
     pledge; of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. wadi a pledge,
     gawadj[=o]n to pledge, akin to E. wed, G. wette a wager. See
     Wed, and cf. Gage.]
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     1. To pledge; to hazard on the event of a contest; to stake;
        to bet, to lay; to wager; as, to wage a dollar. --Hakluyt.
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              My life I never but as a pawn
              To wage against thy enemies.          --Shak.
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     2. To expose one's self to, as a risk; to incur, as a danger;
        to venture; to hazard. "Too weak to wage an instant trial
        with the king." --Shak.
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              To wake and wage a danger profitless. --Shak.
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     3. To engage in, as a contest, as if by previous gage or
        pledge; to carry on, as a war.
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              [He pondered] which of all his sons was fit
              To reign and wage immortal war with wit. --Dryden.
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              The two are waging war, and the one triumphs by the
              destruction of the other.             --I. Taylor.
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     4. To adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; to hire out.
        [Obs.] "Thou . . . must wage thy works for wealth."
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     5. To put upon wages; to hire; to employ; to pay wages to.
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              Abundance of treasure which he had in store,
              wherewith he might wage soldiers.     --Holinshed.
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              I would have them waged for their labor. --Latimer.
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     6. (O. Eng. Law) To give security for the performance of.
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     To wage battle (O. Eng. Law), to give gage, or security,
        for joining in the duellum, or combat. See Wager of
        battel, under Wager, n. --Burrill.
     To wage one's law (Law), to give security to make one's
        law. See Wager of law, under Wager, n.
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