\ 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

This Easter, bring their PAW Patrol obsession to real life by introducing them to their favorite fire-fighting pup, Marshall. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "We Found the Best Easter Egg Hunts Near New York City," 11 Mar. 2019 But there's one acne-fighting ingredient that, outside of blogs and Reddit, is often overlooked: azelaic acid. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why So Many People Swear By Azelaic Acid to Combat Acne and Redness," 5 Mar. 2019 To do so, the Wave features five foam layers and a humidity-fighting wool cover. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Casper Wave Mattress," 11 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesAlexander Tamargo Out today, January 18, a new Netflix series on Carmen Sandiego is rewriting Sandiego in an animated series, making her a crime-fighting hero. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Gina Rodriguez Posed as Carmen Sandiego to Celebrate the Launch Of Her Netflix Series," 18 Jan. 2019 Plus, like other cruciferous veggies, cabbage contains disease-fighting glucosinolates. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 In fact, yoga in general can be an effective way to fight cramps, particularly in poses that involve folding in a way that releases your lower back, according to Krissy Jones of Sky Ting Yoga. Danielle Sinay, Teen Vogue, "The Best Sleeping Positions for Period Cramp Relief," 13 Mar. 2019 As the narrative goes, America leaves terrorist groups alone to fight in far-off lands like Syria and Afghanistan, and focuses on what matters at home. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, "Troops in the Mideast Keep Terror Away," 24 Feb. 2019 View this post on Instagram Cassie wins their first (food) fight 🥄🧁 #TheBachelor @coltonunderwood A post shared by bachelorabc (@bachelorabc) on Mar 4, 2019 at 5:50pm PST On what's coming up. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Colton Underwood on How Rejected He Felt When Cassie Left," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But last year’s midterm elections were disappointing, and Mr. Trump has gone wanting for political clout in the immigration fight. Shelby Steele, WSJ, "The Right and the Moral High Ground," 31 Mar. 2019 Others say that the creation of separate spaces for women hinders the fight for equal treatment in mixed-gender mosques. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 2019 The fight to decarbonize and eventually go carbon negative will last beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this post. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Today's Al Roker shared an emotional message on Twitter wishing the host strength in her sobriety fight. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Al Roker Sends Words of Encouragement to Wendy Williams as She Recovers From Addiction," 20 Mar. 2019 China’s foreign minister endorsed the aggressive legal strategy adopted by Huawei Technologies Co. in its fight against the U.S., saying the outcome is critical to China’s national interests. Josh Chin And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Beijing Applauds Huawei for ‘Refusing to Be Victimized Like a Silent Lamb’," 8 Mar. 2019 Their main goal is to help Vanya learn more about her powers and how to control them in the past, which means their whole big fight might be avoided in the future. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All "The Umbrella Academy" Questions We Need Answered In Season 2," 27 Feb. 2019 Kenosha had taken its fight to a federal appeals court, which ruled that Whitaker should be able to use the boys bathroom. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban," 19 Feb. 2019 Boeing's mammoth, aviation-industry-changing 747 flew its last fight for a U.S. airline back in 2018. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Retired Boeing 747 Will Roll Across a Highway to Its Final Resting Place," 7 Feb. 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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