verb \ˈfīt\

: 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

fought \ˈft\ fight·ing

Full Definition of FIGHT

intransitive verb
a :  to contend in battle or physical combat; especially :  to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons
b :  to engage in boxing
:  to put forth a determined effort
transitive verb
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>
a :  wage, carry on <fight a battle>
b :  to take part in (as a boxing match)
:  to struggle to endure or surmount <fight a cold>
a :  to gain by struggle <fights his way through>
b :  to resolve by struggle <fought out their differences in court>
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
:  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



: a violent physical struggle between opponents

: an argument or quarrel

: a boxing match

Full Definition of FIGHT

a :  a hostile encounter :  battle, combat
b :  a boxing match
c :  a verbal disagreement :  argument
:  a struggle for a goal or an objective <a fight for justice>
:  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

First Known Use of FIGHT

before 12th century

Other Combat Sports Terms

foil, riposte, welter


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