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verb \ˈfīt\

Simple Definition of fight

  • : to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. : to struggle in battle or physical combat

  • : to be involved in (a battle, struggle, etc.)

  • : to argue in an angry way

Full Definition of fight

fought play \ˈfȯt\ fight·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to contend in battle or physical combat; especially :  to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons b :  to engage in boxing

  3. 2 :  to put forth a determined effort

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a (1) :  to contend against in or as if in battle or physical combat (2) :  to box against in the ring b (1) :  to attempt to prevent the success or effectiveness of <the company fought the takeover attempt> (2) :  to oppose the passage or development of <fight a bill in Congress>

  6. 2 a :  wage, carry on <fight a battle> b :  to take part in (as a boxing match)

  7. 3 :  to struggle to endure or surmount <fight a cold>

  8. 4 a :  to gain by struggle <fights his way through> b :  to resolve by struggle <fought out their differences in court>

  9. 5 a :  to manage (a ship) in a battle or storm b :  to cause to struggle or contend c :  to manage in an unnecessarily rough or awkward manner

fight shy of
  1. :  to avoid facing or meeting

Examples of fight

  1. When he was young he was always fighting.

  2. He fought like a tiger.

  3. The U.S. and Germany fought in World Wars I and II.

  4. They vowed to fight the invaders of their homeland.

  5. The U.S. fought Germany in World Wars I and II.

  6. He and his wife are always fighting over money.

  7. We were fighting to protect our jobs.

Origin of fight

Middle English, from Old English feohtan; akin to Old High German fehtan to fight and perhaps to Latin pectere to comb — more at pectinate

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of fight

  • : a violent physical struggle between opponents

  • : an argument or quarrel

  • : a boxing match

Full Definition of fight

  1. 1 a :  a hostile encounter :  battle, combat b :  a boxing match c :  a verbal disagreement :  argument

  2. 2 :  a struggle for a goal or an objective <a fight for justice>

  3. 3 :  strength or disposition for fighting :  pugnacity <still full of fight>

Examples of fight

  1. A fight broke out in the bar.

  2. When he was young he was always getting into fights.

  3. He got into another fight with his wife about money.

  4. a fight for the heavyweight title

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fight

before 12th century

Other Combat Sports Terms

FIGHT Defined for Kids



verb \ˈfīt\

Definition of fight

fought \ˈfȯt\fight·ing

  1. 1 :  to struggle in battle or in physical combat

  2. 2 :  to argue angrily :  quarrel

  3. 3 :  to try hard <She fought to stay awake.>

  4. 4 :  to struggle against <fight discrimination>

fight·er noun




Definition of fight

  1. 1 :  a meeting in battle or in physical combat

  2. 2 :  1quarrel 1

  3. 3 :  strength or desire for fighting <After being wrongly blamed, I was full of fight.>

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February 11, 2016

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