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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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter that the fighters were targeting Israelis living in the Golan Heights, a region that Israel annexed from Syria after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. NBC News, "Israel's shadow war with Iran risks triggering wider conflict, analysts say," 29 Aug. 2019 McGregor’s team declined comment at the time, and the fighter has yet to address the report. John Morgan, MMA Junkie, "Dana White: Conor McGregor's apology needed, but sexual assault allegation still murky," 28 Aug. 2019 Yet, there apparently remains a huge pay gap between the top male and female fighters. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Paige VanZant says she earns more through Instagram posts than UFC," 27 Aug. 2019 Other inclusions are more surprising: third-party titles like Castle of Illusion or Castlevania: Bloodlines and the not-especially-memorable fighter Eternal Champions. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Sega Genesis Mini builds on what made Nintendo’s tiny consoles great," 14 Aug. 2019 The command released photographs of the incident showing the fighters flanking the Cold War-era, quad-propeller bombers. Author: Corey Dickstein, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S., Canadian fighters intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast," 9 Aug. 2019 Oh God, reward the fighters hitting the infidels and defectors. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Osama bin Laden’s son, the “Crown Prince of Terror,” is dead. Or is he?," 1 Aug. 2019 Referee Harvey Dock had stepped in to protect the Panamanian fighter as Davis pummeled him along the ropes. Childs Walker,, "Gervonta Davis has dream return to Baltimore, retains world title by TKO at Royal Farms Arena," 28 July 2019 That’s because the tough tiny fighters are covered in super-strong armor down their backs. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019

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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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