- simple past tense and past participle of fight.
- a battle or combat.
- any contest or struggle: a fight for recovery from an illness.
- an angry argument or disagreement: Whenever we discuss politics, we end up in a fight.
- Boxing. a bout or contest.
- a game or diversion in which the participants hit or pelt each other with something harmless: a pillow fight; a water fight.
- ability, will, or inclination to fight: There was no fight left in him.
- to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.
- to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something: He fought bravely against despair.
- to contend with in battle or combat; war against: England fought Germany.
- to contend with or against in any manner: to fight despair; to fight the passage of a bill.
- to carry on (a battle, duel, etc.).
- to maintain (a cause, quarrel, etc.) by fighting or contending.
- to make (one's way) by fighting or striving.
- to cause or set (a boxer, animal, etc.) to fight.
- to manage or maneuver (troops, ships, guns, planes, etc.) in battle.
Origin of fight
Synonyms for fightSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for foughtprotect, clash, challenge, resist, attack, battle, meet, force, combat, support, maintain, continue, oppose, argue, withstand, traverse, wrestle, bicker, tiff, scuffle
Examples from the Web for fought
Contemporary Examples of fought
Also, requesting world peace implies that there are no bad guys in the world who need to be fought.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
The NRA has fought for the rights of felons to buy and own firearms.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
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
December 22, 2014
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
December 16, 2014
He fought it controversially, and at times in pretty boneheaded ways.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of fought
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They fought each other for the possession of this wonderful land.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Mabel's lawyer has won the most difficult case he ever fought for.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Viviette alone in her maidenly splendour, he could have fought it down.Viviette
William J. Locke
So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.Within the Law
- the past tense and past participle of fight
- to oppose or struggle against (an enemy) in battle
- to oppose or struggle against (a person, thing, cause, etc) in any manner
- (tr) to engage in or carry on (a battle, contest, etc)
- (when intr often foll by for) to uphold or maintain (a cause, ideal, etc) by fighting or strugglingto fight for freedom
- (tr) to make or achieve (a way) by fighting
- (intr) boxing
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
- to engage (another or others) in combat
- fight it out to contend or struggle until a decisive result is obtained
- fight shy of to keep aloof from
- a battle, struggle, or physical combat
- a quarrel, dispute, or contest
- resistance (esp in the phrase to put up a fight)
- the desire to take part in physical combat (esp in the phrase to show fight)
- a boxing match
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