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fight

[fahyt] /faɪt/
noun
1.
a battle or combat.
2.
any contest or struggle:
a fight for recovery from an illness.
3.
an angry argument or disagreement:
Whenever we discuss politics, we end up in a fight.
4.
Boxing. a bout or contest.
5.
a game or diversion in which the participants hit or pelt each other with something harmless:
a pillow fight; a water fight.
6.
ability, will, or inclination to fight:
There was no fight left in him.
verb (used without object), fought, fighting.
7.
to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.
8.
to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something:
He fought bravely against despair.
verb (used with object), fought, fighting.
9.
to contend with in battle or combat; war against:
England fought Germany.
10.
to contend with or against in any manner:
to fight despair; to fight the passage of a bill.
11.
to carry on (a battle, duel, etc.).
12.
to maintain (a cause, quarrel, etc.) by fighting or contending.
13.
to make (one's way) by fighting or striving.
14.
to cause or set (a boxer, animal, etc.) to fight.
15.
to manage or maneuver (troops, ships, guns, planes, etc.) in battle.
Idioms
16.
fight it out, to fight until a decision is reached:
Let them fight it out among themselves.
17.
fight shy of. shy1 (def 12).
18.
fight with windmills. tilt1 (def 17).
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English fi(g)hten, Old English fe(o)htan (cognate with German fechten); (noun) Middle English fi(g)ht, Old English feohte, (ge)feoht, derivative of the v. base
Related forms
fightable, adjective
fightability, noun
fightingly, adverb
outfight, verb (used with object), outfought, outfighting.
prefight, adjective
refight, verb, refought, refighting.
unfightable, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. encounter, engagement, affray, fray, action, skirmish, melee; scuffle, tussle, row, riot. Fight, combat, conflict, contest denote a struggle of some kind. Fight connotes a hand-to-hand struggle for supremacy, literally or in a figurative sense. Combat suggests an armed encounter, to settle a dispute. Conflict implies a bodily, mental, or moral struggle caused by opposing views, beliefs, etc. Contest applies to either a friendly or a hostile struggle for a definite prize or aim.
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Examples for fight
  • All the action sequences, especially the fight scene.
  • He had the talent to be a stage director, but neither the health nor the courage to fight.
  • Nelson replied that his group would be willing to work with hers to fight speech codes, which it has long opposed.
  • The first rule of fish fight club is, remember who your rivals beat.
  • Or, if the other queen has emerged by the time they find each other, they will often fight until one is dead.
  • Bighorn rams use their impressive horns to fight over mating rights.
  • Firefighters also fight wildfires by deliberately starting fires in a process called controlled burning.
  • But the birds' adult caretaker is ready for a fight.
  • Vaccines have accomplished near miracles in the fight against infectious disease.
  • Many big companies say that they are keen to do their bit to fight global warming.
British Dictionary definitions for fight

fight

/faɪt/
verb fights, fighting, fought
1.
to oppose or struggle against (an enemy) in battle
2.
to oppose or struggle against (a person, thing, cause, etc) in any manner
3.
(transitive) to engage in or carry on (a battle, contest, etc)
4.
when intr often foll by for. to uphold or maintain (a cause, ideal, etc) by fighting or struggling to fight for freedom
5.
(transitive) to make or achieve (a way) by fighting
6.
(intransitive) (boxing)
  1. to box, as for a living
  2. to use aggressive rough tactics
7.
to engage (another or others) in combat
8.
fight it out, to contend or struggle until a decisive result is obtained
9.
fight shy of, to keep aloof from
noun
10.
a battle, struggle, or physical combat
11.
a quarrel, dispute, or contest
12.
resistance (esp in the phrase to put up a fight)
13.
the desire to take part in physical combat (esp in the phrase to show fight)
14.
a boxing match
See also fight back, fight off
Derived Forms
fighting, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English feohtan; related to Old Frisian fiuchta, Old Saxon, Old High German fehtan to fight
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Word Origin and History for fight
fight
O.E. feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, pp. fohten), from P.Gmc. *fekhtanan (cf. O.H.G. fehtan, Du. vechten, O.Fris. fiuhta), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly." Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a M.E. scribal habit, especially before -t-. In some late O.E. examples, the middle consonant was represented by a yogh. Related: Fighting. The noun is from O.E. feohte, gefeoht.
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Slang definitions & phrases for fight

fight

noun

A party; struggle: the cocktail fights attended by the old man (1891+)

Related Terms

cat fight, dogfight, you can't fight city hall


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Idioms and Phrases with fight
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