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fight

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fight

fought play \ˈfȯt\ fighting

  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 in a sentence

  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


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fight

noun

Simple Definition of fight

  • : a violent physical struggle between opponents

  • : an argument or quarrel

  • : a boxing match

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

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fight

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verb \ˈfīt\

Definition of fight for Students

fought \ˈfȯt\fighting

  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>

fighter noun



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fight

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noun

Definition of fight for Students

  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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