verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
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What is a basic definition of fight?
A fight is a battle, contest, struggle, argument, or any clash that involves at least two opposing sides. Fight is also to engage in combat or to struggle with something. Fight has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
The most common type of fight is a physical struggle between two or more people (and/or animals) that involves violence. If two men are punching and kicking each other, they are in a fight or having a fight. Fight is also used more generally to refer to any struggle, argument, or contest in which two or more sides are battling against each other, literally or figuratively.
- Real-life examples: Rowdy soccer fans sometimes have fights. Couples and families sometimes have fights, meaning arguments, when they disagree with each other. A person who is in a fight with cancer is trying to beat it by surviving the disease.
- Used in a sentence: Luanne is still sulking after our fight over who the best James Bond is.
As a verb, fight means to engage in a battle or physical combat. This sense can also refer to wars between countries. The past tense of fight is fought. A person who is involved in a fight is called a fighter.
- Real-life examples: People who hate each other often want to fight and harm each other. Two dogs that both want the same territory will fight and try to bite each other. The United States fought Spain during the Spanish American War.
- Used in a sentence: The man was punched in the face as he tried to fight his hated enemy.
Fight is used also figuratively to mean to struggle against anything.
- Real-life examples: Farmers often fight insects and bad weather. The police fight crime. People fight boredom by watching television or spending time with friends.
- Used in a sentence: The government tried to fight poverty by lowering taxes and providing more welfare programs.
Where does fight come from?
The first records of fight come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English word fe(o)htan. It is related to the German fechten.
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How is fight used in real life?
Fight is a very common word that often refers to battles, both real and figurative.
Just got in a big fight with my mom and didn’t cry, I’m getting powerful 😳🤚🏽🔥🙈
— Sarah A (@saraahaljurdi) December 5, 2020
I broke up a fight between some Ole Miss and Auburn sorority girls at Little Italy last night and I’ve never felt more powerful
— dunc city (@whduncan) October 8, 2017
I'm about to start a fight with my iPhone only because it says it's Wednesday and that has to be a lie right
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) March 25, 2020
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Is fight used correctly in the following sentence?
Both men looked ready for a fight, preparing to hurt each other as much as possible.
How to use fight in a sentence
The shift toward culture fights driven by conservative media has real implications for the evolution and expectations of that group of Americans, including an erosion in the democratic system the GOP was built to leverage.What happens to an entrenched two-party system when one party undermines the system?|Philip Bump|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
By the time the fight finishes, Irene has backed out of the elevator, staring.
That's one possible explanation for why so many species have evolved various defensive structures to protect them from damage during a fight.Caged heat: Mesquite bugs battle in a plastic cup—for science!|Jennifer Ouellette|February 11, 2021|Ars Technica
With the Washington Wizards back at Capital One Arena for the first time in a week Wednesday, one of the things Coach Scott Brooks hoped his team would carry from its up-and-down trip was the importance of fight.The Wizards’ defense again lets them down in loss at home to Raptors|Ava Wallace|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
In the nation’s capital, teachers and students returned to school buildings last week after a drawn-out fight over how and when classrooms would reopen.Chicago reaches deal with teachers to reopen school buildings|Moriah Balingit|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Gay marriage was the hot-button fight on the left and right.
Iraq may have been an irregular fight, but it had major moments.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.
Starting in the 1970s, then MPAA president Jack Valenti began what was to become a decades-long fight against the quota system.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.
The fight lasted two days, and only two men out of the five hundred escaped with their lives.
But they soon fell out, for Murat had the audacity to try and make these patriots fight instead of merely seeking plunder.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It was found afterwards that the rebels meant to fight the two British forces in detail before they could effect a junction.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Ike had read the "Herald," with all about "the great prize fight" in it, and had become entirely carried away with it.
British Dictionary definitions for fight
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
Derived forms of fightfighting, noun, adjective
Word Origin for fight
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
- can't fight city hall