fight·​er | \ ˈfī-tər How to pronounce fighter (audio) \

Definition of fighter

: one that fights: such as
a(1) : warrior, soldier
(2) : a pugnacious or game individual
b : an airplane of high speed and maneuverability with armament designed to destroy enemy aircraft

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Examples of fighter in a Sentence

the debate whether more fighters are needed to bring order to that war-torn country a program at the community center for training local youths as fighters

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On November 12, those young fighters the stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and delivered what can only be described as a rallying cry. Glamour, "The March for Our Lives Activists Turned Their Women of the Year Speech Into a Rallying Cry," 12 Nov. 2018 Centuries-old communal tensions across West Africa are taking an increasingly bloody turn, fueled by competition for land and water and an influx of weapons and fighters from Libya. Dulue Mbachu,, "Qaddafi Regime's Legacy Fuels Violence in West Africa," 23 May 2018 The Taliban fighter had night-vision goggles and was able to aim through the dust by tracking the Green Berets’ targeting lasers back to the Americans’ rifles. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 The assault came hours after provincial officials said at least 30 civilians were killed along with 16 Taliban fighters during the overnight battle between Afghan government forces and insurgents in southern Helmand province. Rahim Faiez, The Seattle Times, "US airstrike reportedly kills dozens of Afghan civilians," 28 Nov. 2018 Thirty people applied for the job, a mix of drag racers and fighter pilots. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Her opponent McSally, a former fighter pilot, shared a video on Twitter congratulating Sinema on her win and wishing her success. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Female and Openly Bisexual Senator from Arizona," 13 Nov. 2018 Azizi added that three Taliban fighters were killed and four others were wounded during the Monday morning battle. Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, Fox News, "Taliban attack Afghan security forces in north, killing 37," 10 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Kilmer will return as hotshot fighter pilot Iceman in Top Gun: Maverick alongside his costar in the original, Tom Cruise, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Mike Miller,, "Val Kilmer Steps Out with His Lookalike Son After Being Cast in the Top Gun Sequel," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fighter

: a warrior or soldier
: someone who does not give up : someone who continues fighting or trying
: a fast airplane that has weapons for destroying enemy aircraft

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