\ 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



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


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.


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

The speech doubled as a way for Warren distinguish herself from Sanders, who is similarly fighting for the progressive mantle. Charlotte Alter, Time, "'One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.' How Elizabeth Warren Made Fighting Corruption A Feminist Rallying Cry," 17 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Klein is the chief strategy and policy officer at TIME'S UP, a nonprofit organization that fights gender inequality at work. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 That net stretched all the way to New Braunfels to find our favorite way to fight this endless summer: refreshing cocktails and mocktails at the new 188 South pizza place. Mike Sutter,, "Cocktail from 188 South in New Braunfels tops September’s list of 5 things to eat and drink at San Antonio-area restaurants right now," 16 Sep. 2019 Marwan and his family are also treated in an oddly checkered way, with the story of his father, who fought in North Africa and came back under mysterious circumstances, never properly developed. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All This Victory' ('Jeedar El Sot'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Donated $500,000 to the California Wildfire Foundation After being forced to evacuate themselves, the Kardashian-Wests wanted to raise awareness and give back to those who fought the 2018 California wildfires. Andrea Wurzburger,, "From Paying Tuition to Being Outspoken Advocates: The Kindest Things the Kardashian-Jenners Have Done for Others," 13 Sep. 2019 After three years of exile due to numerous infractions that saw the city cut ties with the program, new leadership has come forward to bring the organization back to the community that fought hard for its return. Emmett Hall,, "Deerfield Packer Rattlers youth football organization’s new leadership looks to right the ship," 12 Sep. 2019 Health advocacy groups: National organizations like the American Lung Association, American Heart Association and others that have long fought the tobacco industry have come together to battle the vaping industry. Catherine Ho,, "Juul CEO on Trump’s proposed ban: ‘Flavors today are problematic’," 11 Sep. 2019 Proceeds will benefit Evelyn Drummond who is fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the return of Sasha Banks has rejuvenated the women’s division in WWE, and despite ending in a disqualification, their match at Clash of Champions was the fight of the night. Justin Barrasso,, "Clash of Champions Excites and Lucha Libre Honors Mexican Heritage Month," 16 Sep. 2019 There are already big fights at the state and local level over housing policies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego is laying plans for a future building boom," 15 Sep. 2019 There were fights over plans to narrow a portion of King Street to accommodate bike lanes, and to reduce speed limits on Quaker Lane and Seminary Road. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Alexandria City Council votes for controversial bike lanes on Seminary Road," 14 Sep. 2019 Canelo and Jaime have the ingredients to be the hottest fight in boxing today. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Jaime Munguia and Erik Morales combine to form Team Tijuana," 13 Sep. 2019 Officers determined there was no fight, but friends were attempting to intervene with a third friend who was highly intoxicated., "Report of woman doing gymnastics in a grocery store: Rocky River Police Blotter," 12 Sep. 2019 Certainly that must have been a grim fight, in the gloomy, lonely recesses of the swamp, with no one to watch the midnight death struggle between the powerful, naked man and the ferocious brute that was his almost unseen assailant. Declan Leary, National Review, "Theodore Roosevelt on the Range," 12 Sep. 2019 These may be independent fights but they are all related to centuries of struggle. Elaine Ayala,, "Lawsuit over Alamo burial grounds reflects wider ferment," 12 Sep. 2019 By probing the neural connections between the rodents’ brains and their skeletons, the team discovered how osteocalcin unleashes fight-or-flight mode. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fight


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


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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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



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

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


\ 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



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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