Two women having a fight.
- The definition of a fight is a contest or a struggle.
An example of a fight is a boxing match.
- To fight is defined as to participate in a physical or verbal disagreement, or to face something and struggle through it.
- An example of to fight is for a teenager to argue with his mother over his curfew.
- An example of to fight is to remain strong through a battle with cancer.
intransitive verbfought, fight′ing
- to take part in a physical struggle or battle; struggle
- to box, esp. professionally
- to struggle or work hard in trying to beat or overcome someone or something; contend
- to argue or quarrel; dispute: often with about or over
Origin of fightMiddle English fighten from Old English feohtan, akin to German fechten from Indo-European base an unverified form pek-, to pluck hair or wool from source Old English feoh (see fee) and Classical Latin pecten, a comb, pecu, cattle
- to oppose physically or in battle, as with fists, weapons, etc.
- to box with in a contest
- to try to overcome; struggle against or contend with: to fight a head cold, legislation to fight poverty
- to engage in or carry on (a war, conflict, case, etc.)
- to gain by struggle: to fight one's way to the top
- to cause to fight; manage (a boxer, gamecock, etc.)
- a physical struggle; battle; combat
- any struggle, contest, or quarrel
- power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit: full of fight
Origin of fightME < OE feoht
fight it out
- to repel an attack by
- to struggle to avoid: to fight off starvation
verbfought, 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.
- To engage in a quarrel; argue: They are always fighting about money.
- 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).
- To make (one's way) by struggle or striving: fought my way to the top.
- 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.
- A quarrel or conflict: newlyweds having a fight over chores.
- A struggle to achieve an objective: a fight for the attainment of civil rights.
- The power or inclination to fight; pugnacity: I just didn't have any fight left in me.
Origin of fightMiddle English fighten from Old English feohtan, fihtan
(third-person singular simple present fights, present participle fighting, simple past fought, past participle fought or (archaic) foughten)
- (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
- The two boxers have been fighting for more than half an hour.
- A wounded animal will fight like a maniac.
- (intransitive) To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
- He fought for the Democrats in the last election.
- To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
- The battle was fought just over that hill.
- To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
- My grandfather fought the Nazis in World War II.
- To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
- The government pledged to fight corruption.
- (archaic) To cause to fight; to manage or manoeuvre in a fight.
- to fight cocks
- to fight one's ship
- An occasion of fighting.
- One of them got stabbed to death during the fight.
- (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
- A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
- Watch your language, are you looking for a fight?
- (sports) A boxing or martial arts match.
- I'm going to Nick’s to watch the big fight tomorrow night.
- A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
- I'll put up a fight to save this company.
- The will or ability to fight.
- That little guy has a bit of fight in him after all. As soon as he saw the size of his opponent, all the fight went out of him.
From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan (“to fight, combat, strive”), from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (“to comb, tease, shear”), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (“to comb, shear”). Cognate with Scots fecht (“to fight”), West Frisian fjochtsje, fjuchte (“to fight”), Dutch vechten (“to fight”), Low German fechten (“to fight”), German fechten (“to fight, fence”), Latin pectō (“comb, thrash”, verb), Albanian pjek (“to hit, strive, fight”), Ancient Greek πέκω (pékō, “comb or card wool”, verb). Related also to Old English feht (“wool, shaggy pelt, fleece”).
The noun is from Old English feoht, from the verb; compare Dutch gevecht and German Gefecht.