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Fight meaning

Combat or fighting is a purposeful violent conflict meant to weaken, establish dominance over, or kill the opposition, or to drive the opposition away from a location where it is not wanted or needed. The term combat (French for fight) typically refers to armed conflict between opposing military forces in warfare, whereas the more general term "fighting" can refer to any physical or verbal conflict between individuals or nations. Combat violence can be unilateral, whereas fighting implies at least a defensive reaction. A large-scale fight is known as a battle.


  1. (v. i.) A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc.
  2. (v. t.) To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
  3. (v. t.) To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause.
  4. (v. i.) To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
  5. (v. i.) To strive or contend for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.
  6. (v. t.) To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.
  7. (v. i.) A struggle or contest of any kind.
  8. (v. i.) Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him.
  9. (v. i.) A screen for the combatants in ships.
Word: fight
Pronunciation of fight: 'fIt
Function of fight: verb
Other forms of fight: fought /'fot/; fight·ing
Origin of fight: Middle English, from Old English feohtan; akin to Old High German fehtan to fight and perhaps to Latin pectere to comb -- more at PECTINATE
intransitive senses
1 a : to contend in battle or physical combat; especially : to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons b : to engage in boxing
2 : to put forth a determined effort
transitive senses
1 a (1) : to contend against in or as if in battle or physical combat (2) : to box against in the ring b (1) : to attempt to prevent the success or effectiveness of <the company fought the takeover attempt> (2) : to oppose the passage or development of <fight a bill in Congress>
2 a : WAGE, CARRY ON <fight a battle> b : to take part in (as a boxing match)
3 : to struggle to endure or surmount <fight a cold>
4 a : to gain by struggle <fights his way through> b : to resolve by struggle <fought out their differences in court>
5 a : to manage (a ship) in a battle or storm b : to cause to struggle or contend c : to manage in an unnecessarily rough or awkward manner
- fight shy of : to avoid facing or meeting

Synonyms of fight

Agitate, Battle, Bout, Campaign, Combat, Conflict, Crusade, Defend, Engagement, Fighting, Oppose, Press, Push, Struggle,