fight

verb
\ ˈfīt How to pronounce fight (audio) \
fought\ ˈfȯt How to pronounce fought (audio) \; fighting

Definition of fight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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
2a : 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
4a : to gain by struggle fights his way through
b : to resolve by struggle fought out their differences in court
5a : 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

fight

noun

Definition of fight (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Examples of fight in a Sentence

Verb

When he was young he was always fighting. He fought like a tiger. The U.S. and Germany fought in World Wars I and II. They vowed to fight the invaders of their homeland. The U.S. fought Germany in World Wars I and II. He and his wife are always fighting over money. We were fighting to protect our jobs.

Noun

A fight broke out in the bar. When he was young he was always getting into fights. He got into another fight with his wife about money. a fight for the heavyweight title
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thankfully, Lyanna stuck around as Weiss noted, and became a key character in helping elect Jon as King in the North in Season 7 and making sure all of the Bear Island troops were prepared to fight in the Battle of Winterfell. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island Was Only Supposed to Be in One Scene of "Game of Thrones"," 29 Apr. 2019 In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) set some ambitious goals for fighting measles worldwide. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The fight against measles has taken a turn for the worse," 30 Nov. 2018 Between Hetty’s mysterious disappearance (and triumphant return), Deeks and Kensi’s wedding, and the general action-packed drama that comes along with fighting crime, season 10 has been one of the best so far. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Sparks Concern That the Show Might Be Ending," 14 Apr. 2019 San Francisco Fed leader Mary Daly said changes in labor markets and the Federal Reserve’s success in fighting inflation have helped contribute to the economy’s modest level of wage gains. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Daly: Changes in Labor Market Explain Some of Tepid Wage Gains," 26 Mar. 2019 Sepsis, on the other hand, happens when the body's response to fighting off infections goes awry. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain LOST It After Whoopi Goldberg Returned to Give a Health Update," 14 Mar. 2019 There's something about rolling your thumb around a real, accurately sized d-pad and resting the pads of your thumbs on the little indentations of real NES buttons that feels better and truer than fighting with a tiny Joy-Con. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018 Inflammation Everyone has zit-causing bacteria on their skin, but studies show that people prone to inflammation are more likely to get breakouts from fighting it. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 Facebook’s board of directors issued a public statement defending the company’s efforts in fighting Russian election meddling efforts following the 2016 presidential election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s board is throwing public support behind Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — who are on Facebook’s board," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While none of these bills has been enacted—and all are likely to be blocked in the lower courts—they're indicative of a larger fight to control women's bodies and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. Glamour, "Here’s How You Can Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans Right Now," 15 May 2019 Fans of James Charles and Tati Westbrook have had a pretty interesting couple of days with their recent feud heating up the internet and making A-list celebrities and other YouTube influencers pick a side of this crazy fight. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "10 Best Memes About James Charles and Tati Westbrook’s Epic Feud," 13 May 2019 Virginia trans teen Gavin Grimm has been one of the most visible people on the front lines of the fight since suing his school district for bathroom access at age 15. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Iowa Students Demonstrated for and Against a Trans Classmate's Right to Bathroom Access," 15 Apr. 2019 Men were dropping like flies, while the few left—the Hound and Samwell Tarly among them—went running from the fight. Glamour, "Every Time a Woman Has Saved the Day on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 The accord now being drawn up to resolve the trade fight between the world’s two largest economies promises better treatment of U.S. companies in China and more Chinese orders for U.S. crops and other products. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Trade Deal Alone Won’t Fix Strained U.S.-China Business Relations," 21 Apr. 2019 What does Meghan think about all the fight talk between her and Joy? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside 'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Joy Behar’s Tumultuous On-Air Relationship," 11 Apr. 2019 Commey’s injured hand forced Lomachenko’s promoters to make this fight with Crolla, rather than surrender his WBA belt. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts," 13 Apr. 2019 And people like Kent Ekeroth who, as spokesperson for Sweden Democrats, another (yawn) far-right party, was captured on video arming himself with an aluminum pipe after trying to pick a fight with a comedian of Kurdish descent. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "I Watched the New Steve Bannon Documentary, The Brink, So You Don’t Have To," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fight

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fight

Verb and Noun

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of fight (Entry 2 of 2)

: a violent physical struggle between opponents
: an argument or quarrel
: a boxing match

fight

verb
\ ˈfīt How to pronounce fight (audio) \
fought\ ˈfȯt \; fighting

Kids Definition of fight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from fight

fighter noun

fight

noun

Kids Definition of fight (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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