verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
Origin of fight
Examples from the Web for fought
Also, requesting world peace implies that there are no bad guys in the world who need to be fought.
The NRA has fought for the rights of felons to buy and own firearms.
And its crew had fought so hard for a Christmastime miracle that was not to be.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I fought, and I fought hard, so that others after me have hope, and a chance.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He fought it controversially, and at times in pretty boneheaded ways.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other fierce battles were fought and numberless single combats, when the English never failed to come away victorious.The Golden Grasshopper|W.H.G. Kingston
It fought every inch of the way, wearing down pony and rider until they were almost exhausted.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
Thus the Battle of the Big Hole had been fought and won and had passed into history.The Battle of the Big Hole|G. O. Shields
As a war nurse she had been adored by the wounded men and fought over by the hospital commandants.The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath
After this follows an unintelligible story of how she had gone on pilgrimage to Rome, and fought in the Italian wars.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories|Andrew Lang
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
Word Origin for fight
past tense and past participle of fight (v.). The past participle form foughten (Old English fohten) has been archaic since 18c. but occasionally appears in the phrase foughten field.
Old English feohte, gefeoht "a fight;" see fight (v.). Cf. Old Frisian fiucht, Old Saxon fehta, Dutch gevecht, Old High German gifeht, German Gefecht.
Old English feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, past participle fohten), from Proto-Germanic *fekhtanan (cf. Old High German fehtan, German fechten, Middle Dutch and Dutch vechten, Old Frisian fiuhta "to fight"), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly" (cf. Greek pekein "to comb, shear," pekos "fleece, wool;" Persian pashm "wool, down," Latin pectere "to comb," Sanskrit paksman- "eyebrows, hair").
Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a Middle English scribal habit, especially before -t-. In some late Old English examples, the middle consonant was represented by a yogh. To fight back "resist" is recorded from 1890.
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