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fight

play
verb \ˈfīt\

Definition of fight

fought

play \ˈfȯt\;

fighting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  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.>

  3. 2 :  to put forth a determined effort <They were fighting to stay awake.>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a (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>

  6. 2a :  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> <is fighting cancer>

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

  9. 5a :  to manage (a ship) in a battle or stormb :  to cause to struggle or contendc :  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 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fight

noun

Definition of fight

  1. 1a :  a hostile encounter :  battle, combatb :  a boxing matchc :  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

Origin and Etymology of fight

see 1fight


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Combat Sports Terms



FIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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fight

play
verb \ˈfīt\

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


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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

play
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

play
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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