fight·er | \ ˈfī-tər \

Definition of fighter 

: one that fights: such as

a(1) : warrior, soldier

(2) : a pugnacious or game individual

(3) : boxer entry 1 sense 1

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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For example, the Netherlands is a customer of the F-35 fighter jet, which requires replacement parts, maintenance and expertise that can be supplied by Connecticut manufacturers. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut Manufacturers Join State At UK Aerospace Trade Show," 14 July 2018 Tehran is now believed to command up to 80,000 fighters in Syria — members of Shiite militias and paramilitary forces loyal to Iran. Washington Post, "Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit," 13 July 2018 Hours later, state news agency SANA said troops captured Um al-Mayadeen after a battle with opposition fighters. The Christian Science Monitor, "Some Syrians return home although risks remain," 9 July 2018 Hours later, state news agency SANA said troops captured Um al-Mayadeen after a battle with opposition fighters., "Thousands who fled recent fighting in Syria return home," 8 July 2018 Local forces trained and financed by the Emirati military clashed on the southern outskirts of the city with fighters loyal to the Yemeni rebel movement, the Houthis, that has controlled Al Hudaydah for the last three years. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "As Saudis Go to War, the Crown Prince Attends a Soccer Match," 14 June 2018 The game followed Jade, an investigative journalist and martial artist, who worked with resistance fighters to reveal a planet-wide alien conspiracy. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ubisoft Teams With Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Upcoming Game 'Beyond Good and Evil 2'," 12 June 2018 During last year's Max Thunder exercises, U.S. and South Korean fighter jets flew an average 60 sorties a day to showcase their firepower. The Washington Post,, "North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills," 15 May 2018 In January, another Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near western coast of Alaska," 12 May 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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