definition of fight by The Free Dictionary



v. fought (fôt), fight·ing, fights



a. To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons.

b. Sports To engage in a boxing match.

2. To engage in a quarrel; argue: They are always fighting about money.

3. To strive vigorously and resolutely, as in trying to overcome something; contend: fought against graft; fighting for her rights. See Synonyms at oppose.


a. To contend with or oppose with violence or in battle.

b. To wage or carry on (a battle).

c. To contend for, as by combat: “I now resolved that Calais should be fought to the death” (Winston S. Churchill).


a. Sports To box against (an opponent).

b. To participate in (a boxing match or other similar contest).

c. To cause (a boxer or other contestant) to fight in a match.


a. To contend with or struggle against: fought his boss over every penny; fought temptation.

b. To try to prevent the development or success of: fought the attempt to close the school.

c. To try to extinguish (an uncontrolled fire).

4. To make (one’s way) by struggle or striving: fought my way to the top.


1. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.


a. A physical conflict between two or more individuals.

b. Sports A boxing match.

3. A quarrel or conflict: newlyweds having a fight over chores.

4. A struggle to achieve an objective: a fight for the attainment of civil rights.

5. The power or inclination to fight; pugnacity: I just didn’t have any fight left in me.

Phrasal Verb:

fight off

1. To defend against or drive back (a hostile force, for example).

2. Baseball To hit (a pitch) into foul territory, especially in an effort to avoid being struck out.


fight fire with fire

To combat one evil or one set of negative circumstances by reacting in kind.

fight shy of

To avoid meeting or confronting.

[Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan, fihtan.]

fight′a·bil′i·ty n.

fight′a·ble adj.

fight′ing·ly adv.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.



vb, fights, 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

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

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

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

6. (Boxing) (intr) boxing

a. to box, as for a living

b. to use aggressive rough tactics

7. (Military) to engage (another or others) in combat

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

9. fight shy of to keep aloof from


10. a battle, struggle, or physical combat

11. a quarrel, dispute, or contest

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

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

14. (Boxing) a boxing match

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

ˈfighting n, adj

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n., v. fought, fight•ing. n.

1. a battle or combat.

2. any contest or struggle: to put up a fight against crime.

3. an angry argument or disagreement.

4. a boxing bout.

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

6. ability, will, or inclination to fight, strive, or resist.


7. attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.

8. to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something.


9. to contend with in battle or combat; war against.

10. to contend with or against in any manner: to fight despair.

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

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

13. to make (one’s way) by fighting or striving.

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

15. to maneuver (troops, ships, etc.) in battle.

16. fight back, to check; hold back (tears).

17. fight off, to beat back; repel.


1. fight it out, to fight until a decision is reached.

2. fight shy of, to keep away from; avoid.

[before 900; Middle English fi(g)hten, Old English fe(o)htan; c. Old Saxon, Old High German fehtan]

fight′a•ble, adj.

fight`a•bil′i•ty, n.

fight′ing•ly, adv.

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