[ fahyt ]
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  1. a battle or combat.

  2. any contest or struggle: a fight for recovery from an illness.

  1. an angry argument or disagreement: Whenever we discuss politics, we end up in a fight.

  2. Boxing. a bout or contest.

  3. a game or diversion in which the participants hit or pelt each other with something harmless: a pillow fight;a water fight.

  4. ability, will, or inclination to fight: There was no fight left in him.

verb (used without object),fought, fight·ing.
  1. to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.

  2. to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something: He fought bravely against despair.

verb (used with object),fought, fight·ing.
  1. to contend with in battle or combat; war against: England fought Germany.

  2. to contend with or against in any manner: to fight despair;to fight the passage of a bill.

  1. to carry on (a battle, duel, etc.).

  2. to maintain (a cause, quarrel, etc.) by fighting or contending.

  3. to make (one's way) by fighting or striving.

  4. to cause or set (a boxer, animal, etc.) to fight.

  5. to manage or maneuver (troops, ships, guns, planes, etc.) in battle.

Idioms about fight

  1. fight it out, to fight until a decision is reached: Let them fight it out among themselves.

  2. fight shy of. shy1 (def. 12).

  1. fight with windmills. tilt1 (def. 18).

Origin of fight

First recorded before 900; Middle English verb fi(g)hten, Old English fe(o)htan (cognate with German fechten ); noun derivative of the verb

synonym study For fight

1, 2. 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, as in war. 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.

Other words for fight

Other words from fight

  • fight·a·ble, adjective
  • fight·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • fight·ing·ly, adverb
  • outfight, verb (used with object), out·fought, out·fight·ing.
  • pre·fight, adjective
  • re·fight, verb, re·fought, re·fight·ing.
  • un·fight·a·ble, adjective

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How to use fight in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fight


/ (faɪt) /

verbfights, fighting or 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

  1. (tr) to engage in or carry on (a battle, contest, etc)

  2. (when intr often foll by for) to uphold or maintain (a cause, ideal, etc) by fighting or struggling: to fight for freedom

  3. (tr) to make or achieve (a way) by fighting

  4. (intr) boxing

    • to box, as for a living

    • to use aggressive rough tactics

  5. to engage (another or others) in combat

  6. fight it out to contend or struggle until a decisive result is obtained

  7. fight shy of to keep aloof from

  1. a battle, struggle, or physical combat

  2. a quarrel, dispute, or contest

  1. resistance (esp in the phrase to put up a fight)

  2. the desire to take part in physical combat (esp in the phrase to show fight)

  3. a boxing match

Origin of fight

Old English feohtan; related to Old Frisian fiuchta, Old Saxon, Old High German fehtan to fight

Derived forms of fight

  • fighting, noun, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with fight


In addition to the idioms beginning with fight

  • fight fire with fire
  • fighting chance
  • fighting words
  • fight it out
  • fight off
  • fight shy of
  • fight tooth and nail

also see:

  • can't fight city hall

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