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fight

verb \ ˈfīt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of fight

fought play \ˈfȯt\; fighting
intransitive verb
1 a :to contend in battle or physical combat; especially :to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons
  • The soldiers fought bravely.
b :to engage in boxing
  • He will fight for the heavyweight title next month.
2 :to put forth a determined effort
  • They were fighting to stay awake.
transitive verb
1 a (1) :to contend against in or as if in battle or physical combat
  • fought the invaders of his homeland
  • was fighting a forest fire
(2) :to box against in the ring
  • fought several strong contenders
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
2 a :wage, carry on
  • fight a battle
b :to take part in (a boxing match or similar contest)
3 :to struggle to endure or surmount
  • fight a cold
  • is fighting cancer
4 a :to gain by struggle
  • fights his way through
b :to resolve by struggle
  • fought out their differences in court
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
: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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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fight

noun

Definition of fight

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

Recent Examples of fight from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fight

see 1fight

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FIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

fight

verb

Definition of fight for English Language Learners

  • : 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


fight

noun

Definition of fight for English Language Learners

  • : a violent physical struggle between opponents

  • : an argument or quarrel

  • : a boxing match


FIGHT Defined for Kids

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fight

verb \ ˈfīt \

Definition of fight for Students

fought \ˈfȯt\; fighting
1 :to struggle in battle or in physical combat
2 :to argue angrily :quarrel
3 :to try hard
  • She fought to stay awake.
4 :to struggle against
  • fight discrimination

fighter

noun

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fight

noun

Definition of fight for Students

1 :a meeting in battle or in physical combat
2 :1quarrel 1
3 :strength or desire for fighting
  • After being wrongly blamed, I was full of fight.


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